Consolidation: The Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade pt 2

Signatories from five countries decide the fate of the population of the second largest continent on Earth

Figure 1: Signatories to the Berlin Conference from five countries decide the fate of the population of the second largest continent on Earth.

The Middle Passage had now begun. Slaves were transferred across the Atlantic Ocean to the continents of South and North America on a journey that took weeks to complete and half of this “cargo” of 100 million often died in transit.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if we were to drag the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for skeletons. If we can find wreckage of Spanish ships that sank complete with looted gold from the Muslim world, the writer is sure that there are the hidden treasures of skeletons from that journey.

Back on the continent, deals were made with the various tribes that would cooperate to help capture any people from the horn of Africa that they could get their hands on; but the same people from the horn of “Africa” that assisted the Portuguese, Spaniards, French but mostly Americans of the future (which at that time styled themselves as “English”) in capturing people would then find themselves on the same ships once their usefulness had been exhausted.

It is for this reason that treachery between tribes was short lived and bore little profit. Sugar, cotton, rubber plantations began to appear on the American continent and help was needed but the aboriginal populations were still unruly to new rulers so the best option was to continue to use the Transatlantic Trade to enable them to work the land.

The Industrial Revolution’s wheels could not have spun into production without the trade. Yes indeed the United States could not have come into existence without the institution of slavery, both transatlantic and domestic.

It was easy for people to carry on such a despicable and permanent race based slavery as long as the understanding was established that the race in question was predestined for such a fate. The continent of Zanj (eng. Misnomer “Africa”) did not merely sit back and let this happen.

Huge resistance movements formed (one referred to interestingly as the “Zanj Rebellion”) and opposition to European expansion was well known but the level of extermination was incredible and some of the tribes did not possess repeat action rifles that their invaders possessed.

Many never had anything other than the common cold, so the small pox infected blankets and rape campaigns of gonorrhoea infected men against local women were unmatched and could not be resisted by a people that had no history of such.

This methodology would be adjusted and re-adjusted by these European invaders as they were found to be most effective against peoples in the horn of Zanj but also aboriginals from the continent named America.

Cannons could easily outgun catapults and mercenaries were able enemies, no matter how short lived. The final step came in 1302-1303 AH (AD 1884-1885) when the Berlin Conference was formed.

The carvers of Zanj held a private meeting (unfortunately, the populations under domination could not make it) composed of representatives of Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The US did not take part as it had enough slaves and did not want to share the takings of the continent with the other power. Rather, they would wait until sixty years later when the “American Century” began and then absorb the continent’s colonies and much more with their 300 military bases worldwide.

To show its’ willingness to further colonise, the land of Old Glory had formed Liberia as a nation in the year 1236 AH (AD 1822) as a place to deposit slaves that had gained freedom and became unruly. The people that later became part of the nation of Liberia were curiously not asked for their vote in forming another nation and giving them former slaves from all over the continent.

The French campaign into the horn of Zanj destroyed the Dahomey empire and countless others and imposed the French language. Perhaps the most intelligent of all colonists, they used a very simple and effective method of colonisation.

By replacing the native language with their own, making the people Francophone and Francophile (which ever way you want to understand that word) and shelving their books and culture, you created a codependent people.

A generation down the line, let the people have whatever religion they want but keep their books in the original languages. Those texts in the now “foreign languages” would stay in museums and libraries unread. There would be no need to burn any books. The people would abandon them as they could not read them.

Leaders over the people would be from their own ranks but educated and thoroughly cultured and the French morays and ways. Without having to directly rule, their hands could be shoved up the backs of the puppets and the show could begin.

Their ideas would become the ideas of the people themselves and seem like the “liberty, egalitarian, fraternity” sported on the French flag. The “revolution” was in full swing on the continent. Changing and destroying a people by changing their culture, language and inward state and counselling them on how to hate themselves was more effective than any initial crack of musket fire.

Recommended Reading:

A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas: 1492 to the Present by Ward Churchill

Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution by Afred W. Blumrosen & Ruth G. Blumrosen

Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora by Stephanie Smallwood

Slave Revolution in the Carribean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents by Laurent DuBois and John Garrigus


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