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When slavery was abolished in Britain in 1808, the Atlantic slave trade had been going on for centuries. The abolition movement comes from a history that stems deep. In order to fully understand the movement, one must educate themselves on various aspects such as, how it all began and the leading campaigners against the slave trade. With such knowledge, one may be able to piece together the many reasons why the abolishment of the slave trade took two decades to cease in Great Britain. Despite the many people who did not protest the cruel treatment towards the enslaved, some British citizens felt that the slave trade was wicked and unjust. By deliberately using free citizens and forcing them to work against their will, the Atlantic slave…show more content…
From 1770 the slave trade and slavery was in for the unexpected due to the fact that the slave trade died slowly and miserably in Great Britain. During this transition, “the sugar revolution brought with it a series of interrelated transformations that had fundamental implications for all aspects of the economy.” Although the British colony took the lead to abolish the Atlantic slave trade, the need to see an economic rise amongst various colonies led people to oppose the slave trade. These same people argued that the Atlantic slave trade would imply that slave owners would have to change working conditions and come to terms with the fact that, the population did not need to depend on the slave trade for replenishment of a naturally producing population. Professor Kenneth Morgan expresses the same idea. However, he does make a point when he states, “Black slavery flourished because it was difficult to employ white workers in semi-tropical, agricultural labour. And slave trade appeared to be so much a part of the peopling and maritime of the British Empire.” The slave trade in the Britain colony was considered necessary because it meant being able to maintain sugar plantains in the Caribbean. In the British colony, certain groups existed around this era, one of which strongly practiced Christianity and were against the
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