The Slave trade and British Abolition, 1787-1807


By James Walvin, published 1st March 2007

In the 1780’s the British slave trade thrived. In that decade alone more than one thousand British and British colonial slave ships sailed for the slave coasts of Africa and transported more than 300,000 Africans. There was little evidence that here was a system uncertain about its economic future. If anyone involved in slave trading felt that their commercial activities were doomed, they kept their worries secret. Those most actively involved in the trade

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