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Topics: Slavery, British Empire, Atlantic slave trade Pages: 4 (1373 words) Published: April 14, 2013
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 trade was very profitable for Britain. Due to imperial greed and the need to feel superior amongst other colonies - by using citizens from Africa as their production force for growing crops is a prime reason as to why the abolishment of the slave trade in the Britain colony was considered to have taken a lengthy amount of time.

The early days of slavery consisted of slave traders who apprehended their slaves by going to Africa and removing the people from their country. Once captured, “African slaves would end up on the slave ships and be placed into small crowded spots. The overcrowding of the men and women resulted in a spread of diseases that affected almost every slave on those ships and their respective plantations.” Some captured Africans did not make it across the sea as they took their own lives in lieu of living a life on the subordinate end of slavery. Noticing a trend, ship captains forced slaves to eat and when they disobeyed, the captains placed hot coals near the mouths. Upon arrival to their place of dwelling, the enslaved worked hard and neglecting their duties had extreme consequences. For instance, not waking up on time may have resulted in being whipped so hard that skin was removed. Viewed as...

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