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ORIGINS OF AFRICAN SLAVERY Objective: 1. Explain the nature of Traditional African Slavery 2. Identify the circumstances under which an African would become a slave in his own society.

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ORIGINS OF AFRICAN SLAVERYObjective: 1. Explain the nature of Traditional African Slavery2. Identify the circumstances under which an African would become a slave in his own society.

  • Slavery was never a new concept in Africa. The local society maintained acceptable forms of slavery that indeed served a purpose; whether social, economic or political; and keep order in community that by some was deemed primitive.

  • In cases where parents were unable to take care of themselves and or children, persons would sell themselves into slavery, typically this case applied if there were a famine.


  • Owning a debt that could not be reasonably paid of often resulted in slavery. A person would be contracted in slavery for a period time that would be equal to the debt.

  • Criminals could be sentenced to slavery for committing serious offenses or as so sentenced by a ruler or judge.

  • Lastly, the element of war was a continued cause for enslavement. African societies were typically feudal and an attack on a kingdom or tribe often resulted in prisoners of war, in this case then became slave of the attacking villages.


  • It was through this last method that created opportunities for the European to encourage Africans to convert such a reasonable and traditional method of justice and reason into the economic program that led to the largest Diaspora of any group of people.

  • Please check the following link for more insight into the African Diaspora:

    http://moadsf.org/salon/exhibits/slave_narratives/flash.php


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