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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

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(p.193) Chapter Ten Brothers in the Slave Trade
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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/9781781381731.003.0010

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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