Running Head: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Account for the abolition of slave trade and Slavery
Slave trade was one of the significant problems Africans had to go through before
gaining independence. Slave trade directly involved the transportation of Africans to America to
be sold and work in European countries. On the other hand, slavery included a system of
principles where the principles of the property of law were applied to humans. Human beings
were allowed to own, buy, and sell other individuals. Numerous attempts have been made by
different countries to stop the illegal trade, but up to the 21st century, some few states still
practice it. In Africa, Mauritania was the last country to outlaw the slave trade in the year 2007.
Despite the futile efforts to stop the business, it has been estimated that close to 45.8 million
people who have been subjected to modern slavery worldwide.
Different states joined together to set rules and acts that prevented other countries from
associating itself with the trade since it was illegal and against human rights. It started with the
British when in the year 1805, it restricted the importation of slaves who had been captured from
the neighboring colonies of France and Netherlands. Acts against slavery were established in the
year 1793 with the aim of curbing transportation and selling of human beings to act as slaves.
The Act against slavery-imposed fines to captains who opted to continue with the trade. The
royal ships which by then controlled the world seas established a West African Squadron whose
aim was to patrol the sea and arrest all captains involved in the trade as well as freeing the slaves.
An action was also taken against African leaders who defied the orders of the British council to
outlaw the trade, one of the leaders who was deposed as the king of Lagos.
Other people argued that the lobby against the trade would ruin Britain, as its economy
would collapse. Also, they claimed from a point that if Britain stopped engaging in the trade then
its rivals like the French and the Dutch would capitalize on the opportunity and therefore trade
more Africans into their respective countries and it would lead to an improved economy. Britain
so the trade legal as Africans were already engaged in the trade and enslaved each other. They
also felt that they were helping Africans who had been captured by giving them a chance to live
otherwise they would have executed. There was an argument that taking Africans from their
homes benefited them as they were unskilled, uneducated which made them unfit for any job.
Britain also argued that people who had already been captured as slaves were not ill-treated
unless they refused to work. Also supported their argument referring to the bible as it was
Many Africans were opposed to the move as most of them preferred death as opposed to
being transported. They all resisted in all manners including staging a war against the traders,
enduring arrests among others. Some Africans who were enslaved suffered a lot emotionally and
physically as they were overworked and submitted to severe punishments. The activities ...