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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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The Black Spot on the Mersey

The Black Spot on the Mersey

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(p.1) One The Black Spot on the Mersey
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The Liverpool Underworld
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317064.003

This chapter describes how Liverpool made its money during the nineteenth century to provide a better understanding of the brutality, boisterousness, and vulgarity of its early inhabitants. It explains that Liverpool's maritime industry was divided into whaling ventures, slavery, and privateering and that it had a vital and shameful role in human trafficking until the abolition of slave trade in 1807. This chapter also discusses other factors that contributed to the high crime rate, which included swift population growth and the heavy presence of the migrant Irish closely bound up with sectarian and factional animosities.

Keywords:   maritime industry, whaling ventures, slavery, privateering, human trafficking, crime rate, population growth, migrant Irish, factional animosities

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