Globalization and World Issues




Globalization and World Issues

To discuss globalization and world issues such as colonialism and its effect on slave trade. Though colonialism may have officially ended, the effects of colonialism are still very much present today. This is true in modern-day Africa. 

Review the following resources for additional information on the slave trade in Africa

Select 1 of the following countries from which the most slaves originated:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • For your selected country, identify the former colonial ruling country.
  • Identify your selected country\’s date of independence from the colonial ruling country, and discuss the length of time the slave trade operated there.
  • Discuss how the depopulation and fractured familial relationships inherent in the slave trade have affected your chosen country. Be sure to support your discussion with relevant examples.
    • Are these effects still felt today? If so, how? Provide examples.
  • Based on your review of this information, what conclusions can you draw about the slave trade and its effects on your selected country?
  • Based on your key findings and conclusions, what recommendations do you have to help improve the conditions in the country now? Make sure your recommendations:
    • include specific interventions or strategies to address the issues and constraints identified
    • are feasible (politically and operationally)
    • are realistic (short- and long-term)
  • Utilize at least 2 credible sources to support the arguments presented in the paper. Make sure you cite them appropriately within your paper, and list them in APA format on your Reference page.
  • Your paper should be 4-5 pages in length, not counting the Title page and Reference page. In accordance with APA formatting requirements, your paper should include a Title and Reference page, should be double-spaced, and include a running head and page numbers.

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The effects of slave trade: The Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the countries that many slaves originated from is Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). DRC can be traced to the Kongo Kingdom that rose to prominence in the 13th century, covering vast lands from present-day Angola to the Katanga region. Diogo Cao, a Portuguese navigator, was the first European to visit the empire in 1482 (BBC, 2019). This led to establishment of trade between Kongo and the Portuguese, with the Kongo selling copper and ivory in exchange for textiles. The Kongo also started selling criminals and prisoners of war as slaves. However, there was a dramatic and uncontrollable rise in slave trade in the region as a result of increased Portuguese demand for slaves, prevalence of slave traders and merchants, and infighting among fiefdoms in the Kongo Kingdom. This led to King Afonso, a king of Kongo, to write a letter to the king of Portugal King in 1514 complaining about collusion by Portuguese merchants and Kongo noblemen to enslave Kongo citizens (Nunn, 2008). Further, in an effort to end the slave trade, King Afonso asked for removal of Portuguese merchants in 1526. These efforts were however unsuccessful, with slave trade continuing unabated into the 16th and 17th century. This culminated in the Jaga Invasion of 1568-1570 and eventual collapse of the Kongo Kingdom following a massive civil war in 1665-1709.