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After Abolition: Britain and the Slave Trade Since 1807 by Marika Sherwood

By Marika Sherwood

With the abolition of the slave alternate in 1807 and the emancipation of all slaves through the British Empire in 1833, Britain washed its palms of slavery.  no longer so, based on Marika Sherwood, who units the list immediately during this provocative new book. In truth, Sherwood demonstrates Britain persevered to give a contribution to and make the most of the slave alternate good after 1807, even into the 20 th century.  Drawing on unpublished assets in parts of British historical past that have been formerly ignored, she describes how slavery remained a great deal part of British trade and empire, particularly within the use of slave labour in Britain's African colonies.  She additionally examines a number of the explanations and repercussions of endured British involvement in slavery and describes a number of the shady characters, in addition to the heroes, attached with the alternate - in any respect degrees of society.  After Abolition comprises very important revelations a few darker aspect of British heritage for you to galvanize actual questions about Britain's perceptions of its previous.

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Some English captains sailed under United States flags, and later under Swedish, Danish, and even French ones. More important, probably, several prominent firms participated in the trade after  by investing in or even owning theoretically Spanish- or Portugueseowned ships. 27 Liverpool traders had to find ways around the strictures imposed by the Abolition Act of . Thomas Clarkson, who continued to work in the interests of Africans, now concentrated on discovering and documenting who was involved and how they avoided indictment.

The vessel’s captain, José A. Cardozo, had the men arrested and jailed on the ground that he had lent them money which they had not repaid. Thomas Clarkson, then in town, heard of this, contacted a lawyer and obtained discharge papers for the men. But the crew refused to leave the jail. The jailer then notified Roscoe, who obtained bail for the men. A magistrate freed them. Roscoe arranged for eight of them to enter the Royal Navy. The ninth had ‘an infirmity’, so Roscoe had a friend give him a job on one of his vessels.

For example, between  and  the Anglo-Dutch Courts condemned  ships; of these the Hoop was an English vessel, but the nationality of her captain could not determined. Whether the De Bay and her captain were English or American the court could not decide. The Eliza was either French of English, but her captain was deemed English. The Parliamentary Slave Trade Committee of  was told that many of the vessels arriving in Brazil had no known owners and claimed to be Sardinian! 43 • Most vessels cleared out from British ports for Spanish or Portuguese ports, or for Brazil or Cuba, carrying ‘trade goods’.

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