The Country of Angola | Africa's Great Civilizations

A quarter of all slaves who crossed the Atlantic Ocean started their journey from what is today the country of Angola. In the 18th Century the transatlantic slave trade reached fever pitch.Just over 50% of all transactions occurred over the course of this century alone. On average, an enormous 65,000 Africans a year were being exported from these shores, reaching a peak of 108,000 in 1791.

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In his six-hour series, Africa's Great Civilizations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only shaped their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world.
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