I'm an African but supposing i was born a black American I would be wondering which country I originally come from and also be thinking about my blood line that are still in Africa. I'd just be really curious.
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There are a lot of difficulties involved with such an undertaking.
First of all, African slaves in the Americas were usually stripped of their identities and all their previous records (if they had any) were deleted. Many of them also never had any form of official identity such as a birth certificate or a passport because they had previously lived as tribesmen in small jungle villages without any western government structures.
Furthermore, none (or very, very few) of these slaves were capable of reading and writing. This means that they didn't have the chance to write about their lives and their heritage, leaving little to no documentation for contemporary historians.
And perhaps most importantly, Africa didn't consist of modern nation states yet at that point (we're talking about the 17th and 18th centuries here). These nation states only started to develop and appear through the systematic occupation by European powers in the 19th century (imperialism). Before that, Europeans merely touched the coasts and were too scared to travel inland. Africa was an extremely wild and foreign continent to them and exploring it was often dangerous and cumbersome. Oftentimes, European slave traders worked together with (black) local Africans who evaded their own enslavement by cooperating with the Europeans. They would kidnap people from tribes far inland and bring them to the coast, where they sold them to the Europeans. These kidnapping trips could last days or weeks, so it would be almost possible nowadays to trace back where you ancestors came from exactly. It wasn't like today where there are a lot of big cities in Africa. Of course there were settlements but the vast majority of Africa was natural wilderness.
However, while there are tons of uncertainties, historians believe that most slaves who were brought to South and North America came from a region of what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo (and also the Congo), Gabon, Cameroon and Angola.0
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I'm not black and I'm not American, I'm mixed and European (part South American) but my black ancestors came from slave ships to the Caribbeans and South America about 1700s some by French ships and some by Spanish ships. Haven't asked my black grandfather yet who researched our ancestry where from Africa they come from. The thing is that it's hard to say either way. It's not just one single person you trace back to, it's many. And it's not just "countries" these people come from it is different tribes and clans.1