How did the European Slave Trade affect the people of Africa?

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The European Slave Trade had a devastating effect on Africa. It is estimated that around 11 million Africans were forcibly removed from their homes. Of these 11 million, approximately 1.5 million didn't survive long enough to begin their lives of servitude in Europe. Due to the European Slave Trade and...

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The European Slave Trade had a devastating effect on Africa. It is estimated that around 11 million Africans were forcibly removed from their homes. Of these 11 million, approximately 1.5 million didn't survive long enough to begin their lives of servitude in Europe. Due to the European Slave Trade and slavery in other parts of the world, historians estimate that Africa saw no growth in the years between 1500-1900.

In most instances, Africans had few options for avoiding capture. They did not have the same weapons that their European captors possessed. There were occasions when African tribes launched counter-offensives, but were not successful in driving out their captors. Even after they were captured, Africans often continued to seek freedom. Estimates show that there were rebellions on about 1 of every 5 slave ships. 

Slavery tore apart families and left centuries of angst and heartbreak.

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