Africa’s history did not start with slavery
Despite the peculiarity, horror and duration of African enslavement, slavery occupies a minor time frame (0,5%) in the 120,000 years of African history.
The Transatlantic Slave trade not only distorted Africa’s economic development, it also distorted views of the history and importance of the African continent itself. It is only in the last fifty years that it has been possible to redress this distortion and to begin to re-establish Africa’s rightful place in world history.
In most parts of Africa before 1500, societies had become highly developed in terms of their own histories. They often had complex systems of participatory government, or were established powerful states that covered large territories and had extensive regional and international links.
Many of these societies had solved difficult agricultural problems and had come up with advanced techniques of production of food and other crops and were engaged…
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