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Black Poor and White Philanthropists: London's Blacks and the Foundation of the Sierra Leone Settlement 1786–1791

Stephen J. Braidwood


This book examines the events surrounding the establishment of a settlement in West Africa in 1787 that was later to become Freetown, the present-day capital of Sierra Leone. It outlines the range of ideas and attitudes to Africa that underlay the foundation of the settlement, and the part played by the black settlers themselves, London's ‘Black Poor’. Was the settlement based on a racist deportation designed to keep Britain white (as some accounts claim), or a voluntary emigration in which blacks themselves played a part? Once in West Africa, the settlers faced a struggle to survive against o ... More

Keywords: Freetown, London, Black Poor, deportation, voluntary emigration, West Africa, slave traders, Sierra Leone Company, Sierra Leone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780853233770
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317293


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Braidwood, author