Did the slave trade boost the Africans economy? Watch

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A very controversial claim indeed and naturally one is inclined to say on the basis of moral repugnance alone that this was not the case.

But hear me out. Here is the situation.

It's 1800 CE, I've got a shipment from Angola in Lisbon. Now let's talk through this process. For a start the slaves need to be imported from the home country, but importing them was not the job of European authorities so to speak, they may have had envoys in Angola but the detail was left to various African tribes who were powerful.

African tribes in Angola sold their own people to the Portuguese in exchange for commodities! This is very important, the primary narrative of the slave trade suggests that Africa is an undeveloped continent due to years of slavery, but it wasn't until after the abolition of the slave trade that African nations became impoverished. Previously they must have thrived on European commodities and the slave trade! How could they not have? To go back to my original example, I'm a trader in Lisbon and I'm importing slaves, I can not simply get them for free, to do so I would have to exchange various items with the African leaders.

Did the items Europeans exchanged from the slave trade make Africa richer? And if so is Africa not as complicit in the slave trade of its own people?
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I don't know, you would have to balance any benefits the slave sellers made with the catastrophic effect of losing so many young healthy men and women on their economy, such as it was.

One thing that is for sure, but rarely acknowledged is whilst it was the horrendous thing for the people that went through this, and the slavery that followed for the generations up until they were freed, it was the best thing that could possibly have happened for their ancestors now living in America.
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I don't know, you would have to balance any benefits the slave sellers made with the catastrophic effect of losing so many young healthy men and women on their economy, such as it was.

One thing that is for sure, but rarely acknowledged is whilst it was the horrendous thing for the people that went through this, and the slavery that followed for the generations up until they were freed, it was the best thing that could possibly have happened for their ancestors now living in America.
People like to counter that with the fallacy that if slavery had never happened Africa would essentially be Wakanda today
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