Slavery: supporters and abolitionists, 1675-1865

Slavery: Advocacy & Opposition, 1675-1865

Slavery: Advocacy & Opposition, 1675-1865

Official Reports on the Conclusion of the Slave Trade in Africa, 1811-1865; Ord report on the West Coast of Africa, 1865; img 4
'Copy "of the Report of Colonel Ord...on the West Coast of Africa"Mar 1865

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Slavery was divisive in its time, see the arguments from slavers and protestors

This collection contains a wide range of documents concerning the African slave trade during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The papers focus primarily on Jamaica and the West Indies, but also cover the experience of other nations and regions. 

Through a combination of statistics, correspondence, pamphlets, and memoirs, they offer insights into the commercial and colonial dimensions of slavery and the views of its advocates and opponents.


Slavery: supporters and abolitionists, 1675-1865...

Containing 28,202 pages belonging to 42 documents housed in 5 volumes...

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Correspondence from Planters and Traders, 1694-1776

This correspondence is derived from two different sources. The documents from Lascelles and Maxwell are focussed upon trade and cover...

Official Reports on the Conclusion of the Slave Trade in Africa, 1811-1865

These reports incorporate the content from three different collections: 'Report of the Commissioners on African Settlements: report on the slave...

Anti-Slavery Papers, 1833-1892

These documents unite three formerly separate collections the 'Anti-Slavery Society papers: Trinidad 1836-1842'; 'The Rhodes House papers: material relating to...

Records from the Slavery Business, 1692-1849

Those who derived profit from slavery kept detailed records of how their businesses progressed. These records reveal the roles played...


  • Most of the 'Correspondence from Planters and Traders' is handwritten by the merchant Samuel Martin. Similar content can be found in the typed 'Pares Transcripts' within this group.
  • The 'Official Reports on the Conclusion of the Slave Trade in Africa' include an 1811 report on the possible results of ending that trade. The other reports describe what actually happened for the government.
  • The 'Anti-Slavery Papers' contain reports, society minute books, petitions and correspondence from those seeking to end slavery, both in Africa and in America.
  • Records from the Slavery Business' include both letters and ledgers. Some ledgers contain details of slaves working on specific plantations. While the log from the Black Prince describes a slaving voyage.
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