The Slavery Of African Slaves

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The inequities presented through the oppression of African slaves from 16th to 19th century Britain due to increased forms of slavery, highlight extremities relative to their mistreatment and the consequent need for betterment through the abolition movement. Increasing tension between racial populations as a result of the promotion of slave trade, increased through their mistreatment, evoked opposing movements from pro-abolitionists. Similarly, significant events and figures contributed greatly to the rise of abolitionist ideologies within British society, hence instilling the opposition towards the notion of white supremacy. The challenging of the hierarchal order, furthermore, gave rise to pro-slavery opposition in support of the…show more content…
Britain’s cooperation with the trade route involved the confiscation of the West African Coast and the establishment of unkempt prisons to hold enslaved Africans awaiting purchase by overseas traders. In 1660 and 1663, Trade Acts passed in the British parliament, implying the dependency of overseas slave traders on British goods, paralleling the rise of the sugar industry and attempts to establish influence regarding governmental economic policies in line with slave trader interests. Money earned from slave trade plantations aided in the generation of commerce for the British economy and an increased development of new financial institutions. Subsequently, trading vessels, primarily constructed in Liverpool, contained trade goods such as guns, ammunition, rum and cloth were exchanged for slaves. Additionally to the objectification of the African peoples, the conditions of the trade ships furthered the inhumanity of the exchange. A manuscript by Theophilus Conneau published in 1854 exemplifies the reasoning behind their mistreatment through his account “This discipline of stowing them is of the greatest importance on board slavers; otherwise every Negro would accommodate himself with all the comfortability of a cabin passenger...” embodying the general mentality of transatlantic slave traders through the significant divide established
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