135 years on: 5 ridiculous results of the 1885 Berlin Conference that Africans have to forever live with

Nii Ntreh Nov 15, 2019 at 10:00am

November 15, 2019 at 10:00 am | History

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

November 15, 2019 at 10:00 am | History

The first international consensus on the abolition of slavery

The slave trade had been outlawed by all the states that participated in the Berlin Conference with the odd exception of some of the territories under Ottoman control.

In order to find common grounds to bring all the parties together, the organisers of the conference proposed the complete abolition of slavery in Africa, where vassal states continued to contribute labourers to superior kingdoms.

The territories in Ottoman Empire also had to end slavery and the slave trade, thus making the agreement in Berlin, arguably, the world’s first international agreement that none should profit from slavery.

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