List three (3) foundations for the slave trade and discuss each regarding their effect on social conditions.

Slavery and slave trading typically began in Africa long before the Portuguese ships made their way off the West African coast. The raid for slaves was strategically one of the features of the West African system of living with an estimate of one-third to two-thirds of the western kingdoms being slaves. The transatlantic slave traffic affected Africa’s possibility to grow efficiently and keep its societal and political stability (Stuckey, 2013). Also, the appearance of Europeans of the West African shoreline and their growth of slave ports in different regions of the African continent led to an ongoing development of misuse of Africa’s human wealth, labor, and goods. The exploitive trade affected the African political and spiritual status, the warrior division and the biracial leaders who ended up making little gains from the slave trade. On the other hand, the Europeans immensely gained from the Atlantic traffic as it enabled them to amass the raw resources that fed the industrial revolt.

As observed by Klein, H. S. (2010), the slave business led to a more export claim, the trading system and one of the primary sources of finance that fueled England’s trade revolution thus leading to the stable social background. On the other perspective, the urban slaves used to operate mainly around various homes were given clothes and better foods thus making them be more treated as compared to the field slaves. There were plenty of raw materials to the Europeans that strategically fed the business revolution to the disadvantage of African communities whose efforts to change their methods of production into a more useful industrial economy was considerably stopped. Therefore, it is evident that the slave trade had both the positive and negative effects of the communities and finally came to an end due to the constant revolution and growth of technology.



Klein, H. S. (2010). The Atlantic slave trade. Cambridge University Press.

Stuckey, S. (2013). Slave culture: Nationalist theory and the foundations of Black America. Oxford University Press.

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