posted on Feb, 13 2007 @ 12:26 PM
Originally posted by Landis
Slavery...Who's fault was it?
The Belgians were responsible for slavery. They were aided and abetted by other European nations and the Africans themselves along the way, but it was
the Belgians who initiated the enslavement of blacks.
[qoute/]Slavery, in all its repugnance, has an origin that began in ancient times when conquering armies, and tribes, in Europe and Asia found it more
profitable to enslave captives than to massacre them.
Most ancient Asian nations, including the Jews, had slaves that were bought and used to perform various functions. In medieval Europe, slaves were
known as serfs, a title that cast them as members of the lowest feudal order. Owned by the Lord of the Manor, they served his wishes, labored in his
fields, and relied on him for sustenance.
Black slavery between antagonistic tribes existed in Africa long before the advent of the Portuguese in the 1400s. However, they and the other
powerful nations of Europe developed a trading in black slaves that evolved beyond the tenet that prisoners of war were more valuable in human bondage
than in death by convincing the powerful native empires of Africa that exchanging their prisoners of war, and other blacks, for European products was
more beneficial than enslaving them.
I hope this nugget of information helps