Things like the World War I and World War II have changed the world significantly. More than these, however, the story of African slavery or better still slave trade has changed the world even greater, and forever.
History of slavery can hardly be properly traced as in the different culture of the world slaves existed. As wars were fought, towns, cities, and kingdoms were conquered and free men and women were captured and made slaves.
African slavery or slavery in Africa existed long before the transatlantic slave trade, however, the transatlantic slave trade was different from anything that has ever been seen.
The transatlantic slave trade has had between 11 and 20 million Africans shipped to various parts of the world from the 15th to the 19th century as slaves.
1441: Portugal begins slave trading when Portuguese explorers Antão Gonçalves and Nuno Tristão captured and shipped 12 Mauritanians to Portugal as slaves.
1444: Lançarote de Freitas carries out the first slave raid and captures over 200 Berber natives at the Arguin Bay.
1452: Slave sugar plantations begin in Portugal.
1452: Portugal gains monopoly of trade with Africa by Pope Nicholas V, however, Spain joins the slave business.
1476: 400 slaves are moved from Africa to Spain by Carlos de Valera.
1481: One of the most known slave trading forts is built in modern day Ghana by Diogo da Azambuja.
1493: Christopher Columbus returns with close to 30 Native American slaves.
1516: First slave rebellion. A group of slaves rebels and kill a Spanish crew.
1518: permission is given by Charles V to import 4000 African slaves into New Spain.
1528: Esteban becomes African first slave in America.
1556: Italy’s Genoa attempts to stop slave trading as a result of increasing number of blacks in the city.
1562: John Hawkins of Plymouth becomes the first English sailor known to obtained African slaves and join the African slavery.
1644: 11 slaves in modern-day New York successfully petition the government
1673: Richard Baxter publishes antislavery material
1789: William Wilberforce gives first major speech on slave abolition before the House of Commons
1807: British Parliament votes for abolition
1862: Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation
1888: Brazil abolishes slavery.
Slavery still exists today in various parts of the world. While this may not be as obvious as African slavery, it is very serious.
Dubbed modern slavery, the practice has as large as between 20 million to 30 million caught in the web worldwide. Going by slavery facts, countries such as India, China, Pakistan, North Korea, and Bangladesh have so many people in slavery.
Unlike the African slavery where people were chained to work in farms, modern slavery is broad to include bonded slaves, forced migrant labor, Islamist slavery, sex slavery, child labor, and forced marriage or even early marriage.