In our last episode, we looked at the widespread systems of slavery that existed in Africa before the Europeans and the Arabs arrived. In this episode, we look at the East African Slave Trade. Although it operated longer than the Atlantic slave trade, East Africa exported many millions more African slaves across the eastern world than what occurred on the Atlantic side of the continent.

The East African Slave Trade was empowered by African rulers and warlords but dominated by Arab slave traders. Eventually the French and then the Portuguese took over this segment of the African slave trade. This is one of the bloodiest and most oppressive stories of human history that continued for centuries.

This is the second piece in our section on the History of Africa podcast series that covers the topic of slavery in Africa’s history.

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at