West African Slaves in the Colonial Times

West African (Nigerian) Slave. Art by LēyzaIn American history, especially around the times periods of 1492 and 1776, there are gaps that do not have enough light shed on them, such as the West African slaves and their origins. These were the slaves that came from Benin, Ghana, Senegal Togo and Nigeria. One of the most important slave routes at the times in West Africa was created in Badagry, Nigeria and this town that was founded in 1425 A.D., transported slaves from Nigeria as well as other parts of Western Africa to America. The slave port located in Badagry, Lagos was a main source of income for Europeans that were in Nigeria. Currently there is a museum that takes one through the horrifying history of the slave trade and the ordeals the slaves experienced, from being traded off from the hands of local chief, to merchants to the abolition and emancipation of slaves. As if in an attempt to wipe out the centuries of abuse and inhumanity, in the following years after the abolition of slavery in 1833, a lot of infrastructure and equipment that supported the slave trade was destroyed. As a result of that, the slave port, chains, shackles and the slave market were demolished as well. However, the efforts of the Lagos State government preserved as much as possible to ensure that future generations know and understand the West African slave trade. It is important be familiarized with the origins and journey of the slaves that are now African-Americans.

Source: http://www.freemaninstitute.com/nigeria.htm ; http://old.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence/slave_routes/slave_routes_nigeria.shtml

West African (Nigerian) Slave.
Art by Lēyza


About leyzao

A Nigerian girl, getting exposed to this misleading world.
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