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By Marika Sherwood

With the abolition of the slave alternate in 1807 and the emancipation of all slaves in the course of the British Empire in 1833, Britain washed its fingers of slavery.  now not so, based on Marika Sherwood, who units the list directly during this provocative new book. In truth, Sherwood demonstrates Britain endured to give a contribution to and benefit from the slave alternate good after 1807, even into the 20 th century.  Drawing on unpublished resources in parts of British historical past that have been formerly missed, she describes how slavery remained greatly part of British trade and empire, specifically within the use of slave labour in Britain's African colonies.  She additionally examines a few of the factors and repercussions of persisted British involvement in slavery and describes some of the shady characters, in addition to the heroes, hooked up with the exchange - in any respect degrees of society.  After Abolition comprises vital revelations a few darker aspect of British historical past so that it will impress genuine questions on Britain's perceptions of its previous.

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John’s eldest son Thomas also served as an MP from  until  in various constituencies; he was ‘unseated on petition’ at Ipswich. 55 To determine the extent of Liverpool’s dependence on the slave trade after  – that is, on importing slave-grown produce and exporting to slave-worked societies – much more work needs to be done on the trading companies, the banks, the insurance companies. To get at least a glimmer of understanding of the trade with slave traders, an analysis of the ships sailing to intermediate ports, where goods intended for the trade were offloaded in order to be reloaded on to the slavers themselves, would be a good beginning.

These omnivores had become too powerful, as Members of Parliament and as the moneymakers who fuelled British prosperity. In  Lord Denman wrote that ‘the people of England are becoming indifferent’ to issues related to slavery and the slave trade. I want to extend this to historians writing a century later. Why have the actions and issues outlined above not been thoroughly researched? Can British historians still not confront the possibility that Britain was not being magnanimous, but making huge profits from slavery and the slave trade after ?

40       • Richard Willing, using the name Ricardo Villeno, was the main trader on the river Bassa. 41 Some of the methods of evasion used by slave traders were: • Vessels were sold fictitiously so their names could be changed and Spanish and Portuguese papers thus obtained. For example, the Prince William Henry became the Marquis de la Romana and the Hercules became Gerona. 42 • Seamen of various nationalities were embarked on each vessel, who could then claim to be the captain, should the vessel be stopped.

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