Slavery had existed in African society for centuries. Tribal chiefs and kings, greedy for power and profits, sold to slave traders, while poverty and famine also led some to volunteer either themselves or their children into slavery.

Investigate effects of the trade on African societies in West Africa. Choose a country or location and examine who benefitted and who suffered as a result of the trade. Look into economic development based on slavery as well as the development of foreign colonies. Students could examine the role of slavery in the Ashanti Empire.