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The effects of the slave trade on West Africa were massive, especially in terms of demographics. When we look at slave trade maps over the centuries , we can see that West African populations were drastically reduced to the point where slave traders were launching further into the interior of the continent to purchase slaves.
The coastal areas couldn’t feed the European needs for slave labor. In addition to the loss of able-bodied workers to the Americas, the slave trade caused wars and slave raids that brought about additional deaths, as well as environmental destruction.
Over the centuries, Portugal exploited different parts of Africa. In the 16th century, Senegambia provided most of Brazil’s slaves; in the 17th century, Angola and the Congo rose to dominance; and in the 18th century, slaves were coming from the Mina Coast and Benin. “Without Angola no slaves, without slaves no sugar, without sugar no Brazil” was a common expression during the 17th century.
African slaves were brought into Brazil as early as 1530, with abolition in 1888. During those three and a half centuries, Brazil received 4,000,000 Africans, over four times as many as any other American destination.
The slave trade lasted longer in Brazil than in almost any other country in the Americas. Brazil’s slave trade lasted two generations longer than that of the U.S., and more slaves were African-born than in the U.S. This has led to a Brazilian connection to Africa that has not been as present in the United States. Slavery was abolished in the British and French Caribbean, the United States, and Spanish America generation or more before it was abolished in Brazil.
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The lingering effects of the slave trade and the institution of slavery can be seen every day in Brazilian cuisine, religion, music, and dance. It can be seen in the people, in a black and brown population that is larger than the population of every African country except for Nigeria.