The transatlantic slave trade is a major element of global history. The forced movement of West African people across the Atlantic resulted in unprecedented forms of cruelty and subjugation, a marked decline in the West African population, shifts in notions of race and cultural identity, racism, inequality, and significant economic and agricultural developments in Britain and the Americas. The legacies of this history served to marginalise peoples of African descent across Britain, Europe and North and South America and normalise notions of superiority amongst white populations.
The background information provides an overview of how slavery instigated extreme attitudes towards peoples of African descent and how through the forced migration from Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas the demographics and cultures irrevocably changed.
Legacy (1 of 3)
Representation and racism
Legacy (2 of 3)