The Slave Trade in west AFRICA (The history)
From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, the Slave Trade caused millions killed and deported africans. This trade opened when Europe was searching fit and competent workers to develop the new countries it had conquered ( Brazil, America and Caribbean).
On the 08 of January 1454, Pope NICOLAS V signed the first agrement to start the Slave Trade, the biginning of centuries of living hell for AFRICA and africans.
In Ouidah ( a town bodered by Ahémé Lac and Atlantic Sea) the Europeans ( Portugal, France, England, Hollande and Danemark) built 5 fortresses to centralise the slave trade.In ich fortress there was an Army and a chapel.
The King of Abomey wanted to extend their Kingdoms, and needed guns, canons and gunpowder. The slave trade enabled them to fight a series of wars. The wars gave them war prisoers, who could again be sold to Europeans. Their price was in guns, powder, pipes, beads, clothes, tobacco, alcool etc...
Of the five (5) fortresses in Ouidah beloning to Portugal, France, England, Holland and Danemark, only the Portugese fortress remains. It is today the Ouidah's Museum of History.
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Update: 2003/01/08 20:39:35