How slave trade contributed to the spread of Christianity in East Africa. 

How slave trade contributed to the spread of Christianity in East Africa.

  • Slave trade led to the coming of many missionary societies into East Africa to fight against it and in the process, they spread Christianity.
  • It also provided room for the missionaries to buy slaves from the slave markets whom they converted into Christianity.
  • The missionaries condemned slave trade and called it evil and ungodly which made Africans to love them and get converted to Christianity they were spreading. 
  • Slave trade made missionaries to set up rehabilitation centers for the freed slaves who were also converted to Christianity.
  • The trade made many Africans at the coast to run to the mission stations put up by missionaries for protection from where they were easily converted to Christianity.
  • The trade made many Africans helpless, hopeless, and frustrated. This made them turn to Christianity with hope that their suffering and misery could come to an end.
  • The trade somehow cleared the interior of East Africa of dangerous wild animals like lions and leopards because Ivory was highly demanded in this trade. This gave security to the missionaries to spread the gospel.
  • Slave trade led to the development of trade routes coming in to the interior of East Africa. These routes were later used by the missionaries to enter into East Africa to spread the gospel.
  • The trade led to the emergence of African church leaders commonly known as Bombay Africans who spread Christianity to fellow Africans wining very many of them.
  • It enabled the missionaries to get financial support from their home government to help them in fighting it but also used that money to spread the gospel.
  • The trade made the British to sign anti Dutch slave trade treaties with the sultan of Zanzibar Said Seyyid which provided the conducive atmosphere for the spreading of Christianity.
  • The abolition of slave trade involved putting up good transport and communication networks like roads, railways. These were later used by the missionaries to move to different areas spreading the gospel.
  • The abolition of slave trade came with the European colonialism of East Africa when colonialists took over; they provided freedom and security to the missionaries to spread Christianity.
  • The abolition of slave trade led to the development of legitimate trade, which attracted many Africans to join the missionaries in order to take part in cash crops production and to earn a living.
  • The trade made the Arabs to concentrate on the trading activities other than spreading Islam which gave a chance to the missionaries to spread Christianity easier.
  • Due to slave trade, Africans hated the Arabs and their Islam because of enslaving them. This made them to join Christianity because the missionaries were taking good care of them. How did slave trade contribute to the expansion of the church in East Africa?

How Slave Trade Limited the Spreading Of Christianity

  • The trade brought insecurity to the missionaries because of the raiding some things that limited missionary effort of spreading Christianity.
  • Slave trade raiders could sometimes steal missionary facilities which were need in spreading the gospel hence limiting the work.
  • Slave trade brought missionaries into conflicts with the Arabs and African slave dealers hence creating a poor working environment for the spreading of Christianity.
  • The trade made missionary work very expensive because a lot of money was needed to replace the stolen facilities which money would have been used to preach the gospel.
  • Slave trade made some African leaders who enjoyed it to stop the missionaries from going to their areas to spread the gospel because they feared that the missionary would decompaign the trade
  • Slave trade made it impossible for the Africans in the interior to live a settled life which made it hard to the missionaries to spread the gospel to those unsettled people.
  • Slave trade caused a materialistic life style among many Africans who benefited from it. This made it hard for many Africans to turn to Christianity which advocated for self denial.
  • Slave trade led to the development of Islam in East Africa because people turned to Islam in order to avoid being taken as slaves. Therefore it was hard for people to turn to Christianity freeing that they will be enslaved.

Qn. How did slave trade hinder the spread of Christianity in East Africa?

Assess the contributions of slave trade towards the spreading of Christianity in East Africa. (Both positive and negative)

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