This publication is a rich source on international slave trade in the nineteenth century and on the political, cultural, and economic relations that England had with other countries. The collection is invaluable for historians studying the economic interdependence among many areas, including the United States, the Spice Islands, South Africa, India, African states, and Middle Eastern states.
The slave trade was abolished in 1807 throughout the British Empire, and in 1833 the owning of slaves was abolished. As masters of the seas, English vessels scoured the Atlantic, looking for ships that might contain illegal human cargo.
This file includes correspondence and reports regarding the slave trade from British slave trade commissioners and naval officers worldwide. These documents provide an abundance of detailed information that will not be found elsewhere, including:
Names of slave ships, lists of captains and crews
Details of slave ship seizures
Descriptions of slave conditions in countries worldwide, plus correspondence to and from African and Asian leaders involved in the slave trade.
The files are divided chronologically and by category. There is a table of contents before each section on each roll. A few documents are in Spanish or French.
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