How Africa developed Europe

Print edition : March 17, 2017

A lithograph published ca. 1880 showing a group of men, women and children being taken to a slave market. Without the slave trade, the African population would have grown and contributed positively to the continent’s economic development. Photo: Wellcome Library, London

The end of colonialism in Africa only freed the continent politically. The continuation of the exploitative structures whose foundations were laid in the precolonial and colonial phases has meant that African underdevelopment persists to this day.
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