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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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Brothers in the Slave Trade

Brothers in the Slave Trade

(p.193) Chapter Ten Brothers in the Slave Trade
The Earles of Liverpool

Peter Earle

Liverpool University Press

This chapter and the next describe the partnership of Thomas and William, the sons of William Earle senior, who inherited both the slave-trading business of their father and the Italian business of their uncle. Chapter 10 uses the same sources as Chapter 4 to quantify the slave trading of the brothers which was on a larger scale than that of their father. Two descriptive sources provide more depth, the autobiography of William Butterworth, a boy who worked on a Earle ship in the 1780s, and the diary written in Pidgin-English by one of the local slave traders which shows the point of view of an African as well as giving a terrifying insight into African society. The chapter ends with a discussion of the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and speculates on why the Earles should have given up this trade some time before it became illegal.

Keywords:   abolition, African food, Guiana, General Election of 1806, human sacrifice

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