Introduction The practice of slavery has existed for thousands of years, and slaves may be found in many societies across the span of human history. However, it may be argued that the most significant manifestation of slavery in human history occurred with the enslavement of millions of sub-Saharan Africans by Europeans and Arabs from the 16th to the 19th centuries (Eltis; Shahadah). While this essay will explore both slave trades involving Africans, it will be shown how distinct differences exist between the two practices that render the European enslavement of Africans the more historically significant of the two forms of slavery. In this context, the thesis will be argued that – if we set moral issues aside, and assess this slavery in...The end:
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