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The Earles of LiverpoolA Georgian Merchant Dynasty$
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Peter Earle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381731

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381731.001.0001

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Slave Ship Captain

Slave Ship Captain

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(p.45) Chapter Three Slave Ship Captain
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The Earles of Liverpool
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Peter Earle

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381731.003.0003

This and the next two chapters focus on William Earle senior. His early career was as a slave ship captain and this chapter aims to show what this involved, using sources relating to William himself but also the surviving logbooks of other Liverpool slavers. The structure of the chapter is chronological, starting with the acquisition of a trading cargo in Liverpool, the Isle of Man and Holland, bartering this in West Africa for slaves sold by African slave merchants, discipline of slaves and crews, insurrections, attempts to reduce mortality mainly by adequate feeding and cleanliness. and treatment of slaves on arrival in West Indian destinations. No attempt is made to make moral judgments. Slave trading is treated as one among many commercial activities engaged in by merchants in Liverpool and the humanity of William is illustrated by quotations from a letter written from Africa to his future wife.

Keywords:   African traders, slave trade, racism, insurrection

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