Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (31 August 2022)
In honor of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition that takes place annually on August 23rd, Statista Infographics compiled a brief list of the major African regions from which enslaved people hailed from. The day, dedicated by UNESCO, marks the start of the uprising of Haiti, which played a pivotal role in the abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade, and is intended to acknowledge and pay respect to the millions of innocent people whose lives were destroyed by colonial powers between the 15th and 19th centuries.
It is estimated that more 20 million people were forced to leave Africa enslaved – almost 11 million of those in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. According to Statista, the regions and number of people enslaved between 1514 and 1866 A.D are:
- West Central Africa: 3, 472, 025 people
- Bight of Benin: 2,480,117
- Bight of Biafra: 1,116, 872
- Senegambia: 603,140
- Southeast Africa: 408,087
- Sierra Leone: 246,155
- Other Africa: 2,301,770
Source: Statista Infographics
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