PDaddy wrote:At least you understand that the conspiracy was real. I am not saying the Africans were all noble...many were greedy. But the rest is also true. Europeans brought in the guns. And even though the Africans didn't need guns to have an excuse to kill each other, the guns were the instrament that allowed them to do it. Before the guns, they would undercut each other economically. After guns, they discovered what every man has known since, that guns were an expedient way to accomplish their goals. They had wars, but fewer people would have died had Europeans not gave them guns. And the tradeoff was terrible. Salt, gold and slaves were the most valuable commodities they had.
By the way, I don't appreciate the "savage" comment.
They would definitely kill and enslave each other all the time in Africa before Europeans, and Europeans definitely encouraged and enlarged the slave trade. And guns definitely made Africans more efficient at killing each other. I basically agree with you.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage
Not a slight against Africa in any way, it's just a historical term (normally used to refer to Native Americans, yes).
But yeah, this discussion is off topic. Post away.
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