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governments worldwide to see the monstrosity of slavery
and advocate other economic solutions. Britain provided an
example to other countries of how a former centre of the
slave trade could prosper without it. The United States acted
to abolish its Atlantic Slave trade the same month Britain
abolished it. The slave trade was later outlawed in the US
on January 1st 1808. Britain continued to put pressure on
other nations with a series of treaties from 1810 to 1820, such
as: The Anglo-Portuguese treaty in 1810 whereby Portugal
agreed to restrict trading slaves into its colonies, the 1813
Anglo-Swedish treaty which resulted in Sweden abolishing
its slavery network and the 1814 treaty of Paris in which
France agreed that they would abolish slavery in the next five
years. Within just ten years, the slave trade was abolished in
Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and France. This later
led to the eradication of the whole transatlantic slave-trading
network and eventually, of all slavery during the 18th to 19th
century. However, even today, slavery still exists in parts of
the world, albeit mostly hidden.
Britain’s influence and example was instrumental in the
abolition of slavery in other European countries and in
the US. The British public’s campaign in the 1770s, and
parliamentary actions in Britain, persuaded other countries
that if they abandoned the slave trade they could still
benefit in other ways. The British government not only
banned slavery on British soil but also helped to ban slavery
throughout the world.
A copy of the Slavery
Abolition Act, put
into place on August
1st 1833.
An illustration from
the book: The Black
Man’s Lament.
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