Tagged with abolition of the slave trade

Tea and Abolition of Slavery

Tea and Abolition of Slavery

This may seem to be an odd link, but in the current BBC history magazine is an article on the Cutty Sark tea clipper now a tourist attraction at Greenwich. The 19th century passion for tea drinking in England led to competition between ships to get the annual tea crop to London first, hence improvements … Continue reading

Opposition to the Slave Trade

Here’s a surprising piece – of the citizens of Jamaica, the majority of whom I assume were slave owners – requesting a reduction in the slave trade. But on the other hand it is less surprising – Jamaica was the destination for missionaries encouraging abolition, and free emigrants were also opposed to the heinous trade, … Continue reading

Non Slave Tales

Non Slave Tales

When I was researching for the 2007 celebrations of Britain’s abolition of the slave trade, this notion came very much to the forefront. I tracked down reliable written sources, I cited them, I kept impeccable records of what I was using. But I came up against people claiming to be the descendants of slaves who … Continue reading