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Collection Schimmel, Herbert & Ruth
Credit line Gift of Herbert & Ruth Schimmel
Date 1861
Abstract Extracts of despatches from the Governor of the Bahamas relating to the wreck of a slaver off the island of Abaco, with a copy, or extracts, of despatches relating to the wreck of a slaver off the Muracas Shoals, which complaints were made of the violation of British Territory by American or Spanish Slave Traders.

A detailed example of how the African slave trade persisted 53 years after the official ban by the British; a ban that had been agreed to by most nations, including the afore mentioned. These two slavers had run aground with 360 and 500 Africans on-board, respectively. Most of the captive were very young; "a great many of them children; and hardly any above twenty five years of age." These slave were en-route to Cuba from the Congo. The crews of the vessels were predominantly Portuguese and Spanish, with some Americans.
Object ID 2006.003.0005
Object Type Documents
Title Despatches from the Governor of the Bahamas relating to the Wreck of a Slaver off the island of Abaco

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