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What were the social impacts that slave trade had on Africa?

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The Atlantic Slave Trade had horrific social impacts on the African continent, as millions of African people were kidnapped throughout the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and forced to work in grueling, torturous, and deadly conditions across North and South America under European colonialism. The destabilization of the continent that resulted from the slave trade led for easier invasion of Africa by European armies. After the Atlantic Slave Trade died down in the mid–late 1800s (though technically abolished in 1807, the slave trade continued for decades after), European countries colonized and controlled African nations and territories. For example, the Belgian military and hired mercenaries, under King Leopold II, invaded the Congo of Africa in the 1880s and forcibly established the Congo Free State, which resulted in the deaths of roughly 10 million African people under the brutal regime of Leopold II. Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and Spain all...

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