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Did these Africans know how harsh slavery was in the New World? Actually, many elite Africans visited Europe in that era, and they did so on slave ships following the prevailing winds through the New World. For example, when Antonio Manuel, Kongo’s ambassador to the Vatican, went to Europe in 1604, he first stopped in Bahia, Brazil, where he arranged to free a countryman who had been wrongfully enslaved.

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Slavery has historically been widespread in Africa, and still continues today in some countries

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How did slaves make it to these coastal forts? The historians John Thornton and Linda Heywood of Boston University estimate that 90 percent of those shipped to the New World were enslaved by Africans and then sold to European traders. The sad truth is that without complex business partnerships between African elites and European traders and commercial agents, the slave trade to the New World would have been impossible, at least on the scale it occurred.

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Advocates of reparations for the descendants of those slaves generally ignore this untidy problem of the significant role that Africans played in the trade, choosing to believe the romanticized version that our ancestors were all kidnapped unawares by evil white men, like Kunta Kinte was in “Roots.” The truth, however, is much more complex: slavery was a business, highly organized and lucrative for European buyers and African sellers alike.

The continent of Africa is one of the most regions most rife with contemporary slavery

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Slavery had been practised all over the world for thousands of years, but never before had so many people from one continent been transported to another against their will.

It is hard to be precise, but around 15 million Africans in total were forcibly taken from the continent into slavery.

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To be sure, the African role in the slave trade was greatly reduced after 1807, when abolitionists, first in Britain and then, a year later, in the United States, succeeded in banning the importation of slaves. Meanwhile, slaves continued to be bought and sold within the United States, and slavery as an institution would not be abolished until 1865. But the culpability of American plantation owners neither erases nor supplants that of the African slavers. In recent years, some African leaders have become more comfortable discussing this complicated past than African-Americans tend to be.

Slavery in Africa was often the product of conflict and war between tribes

Africa and Slavery 1500-1800 by Sanderson Beck

Tigray governor Ras Mikael Sehul gained authority over Ethiopia'seastern provinces. After Walde-Li'ul died in 1766, Iyo'as askedfor Mikael's help against Mentuab's kinsmen. Mikael commandeda large army and defeated the rebelling coalition of Amhara, Agaw,and Yejju chiefs in 1768. King Iyo'as told Mikael to return toTigray; but instead he turned on Ethiopia's troops led by FasilWarena, who fled to Damot. Mikael ordered Iyo'as killed. Thusbegan in 1769 the era of the war-lords in Ethiopia that wouldlast until 1855. Mikael executed anyone he suspected, and in 1771Fasil and allies defeated the Tigray army and exiled Mikael toShoa. A coalition of Amhara nobles defeated and killed Fasil in1775. A Mecha chief ruled at Gondar until 1781. Meanwhile MuslimWallo chiefs burned churches, killed priests, and sold Christiansinto slavery. In 1784 guard commander 'Ali Gwangul deposed theking. Although he converted to Christianity, his despotism wasresented by Christians. 'Ali died in 1788, but his brother AligazGwangul, though challenged by his own relatives and Wallo chiefs,ruled Amhara until 1803. Ras Wolde-Selassie (r. 1795-1816) managedto rule over the provinces east of the Tekeze.

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After the 'Alawi dynasty gained power in Morocco, the armyin Timbuktu pledged allegiance to Mawlay al-Rashid in 1671. Wheneverthe soldiers elected a new , they were given goldcollected from Timbuktu merchants. The were replacedmore frequently, and between 1660 and 1750 there were 86 .Pasha Mansur (r. 1716-19) tried to make the soldiers dependenton him, and he appointed Sudanese slaves as governors at the expenseof the and made friends with Arab nomads and the .When the slave governors became tyrannical, the joined with the and replaced Mansur, who had accumulated1,500 ounces of gold. The elected a in1766 who held the office until his death in 1775; but then Timbuktuhad no pasha for eighteen years. During famines and pestilencethe people suffered, because the troops were fed first. In 1794the ethnic clans chose a , and his successor madethe office hereditary.