Black History and Culture Around the World


Reese Kent, Staff Writer

The former slave trade of the past centuries sent African culture around the globe, often influencing countless cities and countries. American cities like New Orleans are relevant examples of these formerly booming port-cities influenced by African culture. The eventual banning of slavery in many places jumpstarted the spread of African culture around the world. 

In France there are an estimated 3 to 5 million people of African descent. Over half of the total 9 million estimated people of African descent reside in France. There are tours in Paris that offer a tour around the rich culture of Paris’s black history. France accounts for the majority of the black population in Europe. This explains its extensive black history inside the country, dating back hundreds of years. 

Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is riddled with black culture dating back to the 16th century when captured slaves were brought over by trading companies. The Black Heritage Tour of Amsterdam displays the vibrant black culture and the lasting impact on the city. Black people account for 10-15% of Amsterdam’s 800,000 person population, some people being traced back to the extensive 16th century slave trade. 

The culture of Cartagena, Columbia, was strongly influenced by the nearby runaway slave town of Palenque. The culture, music, and food we see today can be traced back to African roots. Often referred to as Afro-Columbians, the inhabitants of this area put Africa before Columbia which displays their ancestors extensive history. Some tours of the city discuss the roots of Cartagena, and it’s history as a prosperous port city. 

1 million of London’s 9 million population are estimated to descend from Black British natives. The former booming slave trade of England under King Henry VIII brought thousands of aspiring African servants and artists into England for opportunities. The earliest signs of African inhabitants in the United Kingdom date back to 211 AD, where African roman soldiers were stationed at Hadrian’s Wall.

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