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Topics: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, African slave trade Pages: 2 (1509 words) Published: October 9, 2014

What was the most important reason for the abolition of the slave trade? Slavery dates back as far as ancient times when Egyptians and Romans kept slaves. Since the 15th century, the slave trade was introduced, where Europeans captured Africans to make a profit and were shipped abroad to work in Europe. Of course, the conditions the Slaves were kept in were terrible and in some cases, when they were being transported overseas, Slaves that became weary or sick, were thrown overboard alive. This went on until finally in 1807, the slave trade was abolished by the British Parliament. By law, it had become illegal to trade slaves – however owning them was still legal. In 1833. Slavery itself in Britain became illegal. Slavery was abolished due to many different factors such as petitions, individual campaigners and the working class. In this essay I will be discussing the many factors that affected the slave trade. Individual Campaigners such as William Wilberforce were extremely important to the abolition of the slave trade. Without people like him dedicating his life to one thing and protesting with extreme determination, opposition would not have risen without their continuous persuasion. I believe people like Wilberforce triggered any idea of abolition of the slave trade. Wilberforce was a MP for Hull and later represented for Yorkshire. Although not as well recognised, there were to individuals: Thomas Clarkson and Granville Sharp, who were campaigning against this case. Sharp had started his case long ago when he met an escaped slave, Johnathan Strong – and took his terrible treatment to court, winning the case. As he worked on cases continuously he came across a prize winning essay, published by Clarkspn. The two individuals founded a Society for the abolition of the Slave Trade. Their strong ambitions persuaded many of the working class as they collected evidence from the slave ships as well as visual aids to back up the evidence. This not only persuaded...
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