Dr. Robert Watson of Hampton University used an interactive slide presentation to facilitate a conversation with seminarians about West Africa and its people.
The slave trade operated from Senegal in West
Africa to Angola, a distance of about 3,500 miles, to a distance of 300 miles
from the coast into the interior. While some Africans may have
been brought from other regions, the documentation and geographic location
points to the West Coast as the primary place of export of Africans to the
The people who lived in the West Coast of Africa from
14th -17th century had experience in producing mass amounts of
agricultural products. They arrived at their destination empty handed,
but not empty headed, and they used their knowledge to adapt to their new
surroundings. The retention of Africanisms in culture is a legacy
of this knowledge.
The discussion included differences between slavery in Africa and the Americas. With the caveat that all slavery anywhere is wrong, Dr. Watson listed some differences: