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There is plenty of knowledge about this. Yes, Africans were involved in the trade in Africa, but to use this as some kind of mitigation against slavery (and I'm not accusing anyone here – even our lovely OP who has it in for me - of doing that, but plenty do) is disingenuous to say the least.

No one pretends Africa was any kind of Utopia before the white man came, with everyone co-existing peacefully. There were wars, and the victors would sometimes enslave some of the losers. This sort of thing happened all over the world. But it isn't in the same league as the slave trade the white man developed, either in terms of numbers or cruelty. That kind of inter-tribal slavery was relatively small scale, and those caught up in it were not being removed to an alien land and culture – really, their new life wouldn’t be so unfamiliar or hard compared with their old, and they may even find a way to return or be released at some point.

But, Africans are (surprise surprise) just like everyone else - in any group you will find some who are prepared to do anything for money or status or power. So when the white man wanted slaves, he found it easy enough to employ willing Africans to go and get them for him. But it is unlikely that any of them – the captors or the captives – knew what awaited those who were put aboard ship bound for the new World. And it was the white man who ratcheted up the scale of slavery to levels unprecedented anywhere or at any time in history. The numbers are quite staggering, really, as was the level of cruelty and hardship inflicted – it bore no relation to anything any African would have experienced in their own lands.
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