WIP Research: The slave trade

Posted on July 12, 2015


A Princess Among Thorn and Thistle begins in 1862. The transfer of slaves from Africa was largely reduced. This  is an animation to show ships that transported enslaved Africans from the mid-1500s to 1860. The British Empire passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833 which ended slavery throughout the British Empire, except for the ‘territories’–where slavery continued until 1843. My novel takes place in Freetown, which was formally founded in 1792. From 1808 to 1874, Freetown was the base for the Royal Navy’s West Africa Squadron which was tasked to enforce the ban on the slave trade. Watch the video during those years to see the impact they made. Sarah, the heroine of my novel, is married to James, a native African who had served in the Royal Navy until he was wounded in battle.

History of Atlantic Slave Trade

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