The Royal Navy and the Suppression of the West African Slave Trade (1815–1865) Part I

By Dr J. Holland Rose , published February 1936


By examining a relatively small number of documents from the Foreign Office archive of despatches on the subject, Dr Rose was able to ascertain the extent of the Navy’s involvement in suppressing slavery. Britain and the United States of America abolished the trade in their own vessels in 1807 and agreed to give mutual aid for its abolition in 1815, but a considerable number of years elapsed before the West African slave trade was eradicated. His research demonstrates the difficulties experienced by the Navy in pursuit of their objective of intercepting slavers and bringing the trade to a close.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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