Photos of sculpture depicting slave trade are going round on social media and its heartbreaking.
The photos sighted by Ghanacelebs.com with the caption “Man’s injustice against man”. took us back in the middle of the 15th century, where Africa entered into a unique relationship with Europe that led to the devastation and depopulation of Africa, but contributed to the wealth and development of Europe. From then until the end of the 19th century, Europeans began to establish a trade for African captives, this is how the slave trade started in Africa.
These photos brings a heart breaking flashbacks. and it shows how our great grand parents suffered in the hands of the white.
According to a report by BBC, the transatlantic slave trade began during the 15th century when Portugal, and subsequently other European kingdoms, were finally able to expand overseas and reach Africa. The Portuguese first began to kidnap people from the west coast of Africa and to take those they enslaved back to Europe.
It is estimated that by the early 16th century as much as 10% of Lisbon’s population was of African descent. After the European discovery of the American continent, the demand for African labour gradually grew, as other sources of labour – both European and American – were found to be insufficient.
The Spanish took the first African captives to the Americas from Europe as early as 1503, and by 1518 the first captives were shipped directly from Africa to America. The majority of African captives were exported from the coast of West Africa, some 3,000 miles between what is now Senegal and Angola, and mostly from the modern Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.
These dark clouds are still hanging around Africans.
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