Nigeriaat62: Unforgettable Story Before Nigeria Gained Her Independence 

Unforgettable Story Before Nigeria Gained Her Independence 

Independence Day is an official national holiday in Nigeria, celebrated on the 1st of October. It marks Nigeria’s proclamation of independence from British rule o
At a later stage of the conquest of Africa, Europeans sought to subdue inland ethnic groups in order to establish complete colonial rule and to exploit mineral resources. In the 15 and 16th centuries, slaves became the major commodity for European trade. The Portuguese began the slave trade around 1510. The Dutch took over all Portuguese possessions along the African coast in 1642.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade:

During the so-called triangular trade that ensued from European colonization of Africa, slaves were purchased in West Africa, shipped to the Americas to produce cotton etc. The cotton was then shipped to Europe and converted into textiles. The textiles were then shipped to Africa in exchange for more slaves.
Number of Slaves Involved:
16th Century = 900,000 slaves from West Africa had been shipped to the Americas
17th Century = 2,750,000
18th Century = 7,000,000
19th Century = 4,000,000

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