How did cacao beans change lives, society, economy, etc.? – Cacao farmers in modern-day life don’t get near as much credit as they should. Especially considering how much money they spend to produce the plant. People all over the world are eating chocolate and once it passes through the production part, there is a lot of money involved! The cacao bean has changed the economy in America just by how much junk food has some kind of chocolate in it!
What is the result of cacao beans on modern life? – Chocolate has become a world-wide sensation and many people have become less healthy due to so much consumption especially in Europe.
Positive/negative attributes of cacao beans to Africa? –
More cacao beans were being produced to meet the high demands and it was a great source of economy in Europe.
Many Africans were enslaved to work the cacao farms and most of the beans didn’t even stay in Africa.
How did they first impact Africa? – There was more slavery than ever but within their own continent. With the cacao beans in such high demand, there was also a demand for slaves and even today, the people who farm the cacao beans don’t get much of a reward.
How was society affected when it was introduced? – The African continent had many slaves working to serve Europe and the New World. They were working harder than ever because the chocolate treat was in such high demand by the time the cacao beans came to Africa.
When were Cacao Beans introduced to Africa? - Cacao Beans were first used by the Mayans but were brought to Spain by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. Eventually the Cacao beans were brought to Africa in the 19th century by colonization and they brought the cacao tree with them which is where most cacao beans are produced today along the West Coast.