Side Lights on the Slave Trade

By Guy E. Cooper, published February 1921


In this paper the author argues that the Abolition movement began on May 22nd 1783 with a case before the Court of Kings Bench. The case arose from the voyage of the slaver Zong which through incompetence found itself with two days water for the last three weeks of the voyage. As a result, 150 living slaves were thrown overboard, and the insurers, claiming that this was a deliberate action in order to make a fraudulent claim, challenged the owner’s claim for the value of the slaves. This and similar cases resulted in Acts of Parliament regulating the slave trade.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

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