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Distant freedom: "St Helena and the abolition of the slave trade, 1840-1872"

Andrew Pearson


This book is an examination of the South Atlantic island of St Helena’s involvement in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. In the decades after 1807, British anti-slavery revolved around Sierra Leone, but following the establishment of a British Vice-Admiralty court at St Helena in 1840, this dynamic radically changed. The island became a new hub of naval activity in the region, acting as a base for the West Africa Squadron and a principal receiving depot for captured slave ships and their human cargo. During the middle decades of the nineteenth century over 25,000 ‘recaptive’ or l ... More

Keywords: Abolition, Anti-slavery, Diaspora, Liberated Africans, Royal Navy, Sierra Leona, Slave-trade suppression, St Helena, Transatlantic slave trade, West Africa Squadron

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382837
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Pearson, author
University of Bristol and Director of Pearson Archaeology Ltd.