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Envoys of abolition: British Naval Officers and the Campaign Against the Slave Trade in West Africa

Mary Wills

Abstract

After Britain’s Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807, a squadron of Royal Navy vessels was sent to the West Coast of Africa tasked with suppressing the thriving transatlantic slave trade. Drawing on previously unpublished papers found in private collections and various archives in the UK and abroad, this book examines the personal and cultural experiences of the naval officers at the frontline of Britain’s anti-slavery campaign in West Africa. It explores their unique roles in this 60-year operation: at sea, boarding slave ships bound for the Americas and ‘liberating’ captive Africans; on ... More

Keywords: Royal Navy, Slave trade, Naval officers, West Africa, Slavery, Abolitionism, Anti-slavery, Middle Passage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620788
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620788.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Wills, author