A Brief History of the Slave Trade



Sir George Hayter, by Sir George Hayter, 1821 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir George Hayter
by Sir George Hayter
1821
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British demand for sugar, tobacco and coffee grew in the first half of the eighteenth century. Britain had by this time become the largest slave trafficker in the Western world. Liverpool was at the centre of the trade, developing from a small town into a bustling international port. At the end of the Seven Years War in 1763, France ceded Grenada, Dominica, St Vincent and Tobago and Britain's colonial and slaving power reached its height.

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