In the rest of the world, the African slave trade became common in Europe first, starting with Portugal, who took slaves to Brazil to mine the mountains.The Caribbean soon followed, and then other countries of South and Central America.The earliest records of the slave trade in America date back to the beginning of the 17th century, when racial slavery was a punishment for servants who broke the law.
The US-African slave trade was far smaller than that managed by other countries.
Of all slaves to reach America, only 4.4 percent ended up in North American territory.
The African slave trade remains alive in certain parts of Africa, however.
It is still around today in certain parts of the African continent.
The slave trade inside Africa itself was common in Ghana and Nigeria in the 18th century, where the countries' economies depended largely on the selling of hand labor to neighboring estates. Slaves had the option of buying their liberty, and were normally paid enough that they could do it after a certain number of years.