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Black SaltSeafarers of African Descent on British Ships$
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Ray Costello

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317675

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(p.210) Epilogue
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It has been demonstrated in this book that seafarers of the African Diaspora have served British interests from at least the reign of the Tudors up to the present day. The black seafarers in Britain have served and have frequently performed their duties with bravery and stoicism as a ubiquitous and often apparently invisible presence on British ships. They have felt many difficulties in the course of their long history of British service. Together with the slave trade, the employment of seafarers of African descent undoubtedly brought about a far wider distribution of people of the African Diaspora. It can appear that black seamen on British ships were more than a mere a peripheral force within the British Royal and mercantile navies.

Keywords:   black seafarers, African Diaspora, Britain, bravery, stoicism, British ships, slave trade, black seamen, British Royal, mercantile navies

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