So that colonialisms of yesterday and today are not repeated tomorrow


Slavery is the first phase of colonialism and, although already present in earlier times, it achieves the greatest development during colonialism.
Estimates of the number of people enslaved in the course of centuries vary widely, but for Africa alone are between ten and one hundred million people (Joseph Ki-Zerbo (1977) History of Black Africa, Torino, Einaudi, p. 274).

Only in the nineteenth century, under the boost of the movement for the abolitionism, it will progressively be abolished.

For further information:

Britain, slavery and the trade in enslaved Africans

Slavery in British North America

Slavery in the West Indies in the 18th Century

The slave route

Breaking the Silence

The atlantic slave trade and slave life in the Americas: a visual record

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Welcome to Recovered Histories

The history of British slave ownership has been buried: now its scale can be revealed

Legacies of British Slave-ownership

How African Slavery Civilized Britain

A fortune built on slavery: the Bright Family Papers and their journey from UK to Melbourne

The racist ideas of slave owners are still with us today

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