An eye-opening view of Africa’s role in making the modern world

THE LUST FOR GOLD IGNITED THE SLAVE TRADE

BORN IN BLACKNESS: AFRICA, AFRICANS, AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD, 1471 TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR BY HOWARD W. FRENCH (2021) 528 PAGES ★★★★★

Map of the African continent showing the empires that confronted European traders and slavers during the Middle Ages. Africa was anything but the “Dark Continent.” In fact, the African empires the Portuguese and Dutch “discovered” were at least equally sophisticated. Image: The Map Archive

FIVE MAJOR TAKEAWAYS

THE SUGAR INDUSTRY DROVE EUROPE INTO THE MODERN ERA

Slaves at work on a sugar plantation in 1823. Image: Spartacus Educational

THE 13 COLONIES WERE MARGINAL TO THE BRITISH

HAITI’S SLAVE REVOLUTION HELPED BUILD THE UNITED STATES

A battle underway in the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804). Image: Monthly Review

THE DEMOGRAPHIC IMPACT OF THE SLAVE TRADE IN AFRICA WAS MASSIVE

WHY MUCH OF AFRICA TODAY REMAINS UNDERDEVELOPED

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Howard W. French. Image: Stuart Isett

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