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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century$
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P. J. Marshall and Alaine Low

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205630.001.0001

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The British Empire and the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1660–1807

The British Empire and the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1660–1807

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(p.440) 20 The British Empire and the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1660–1807
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century
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David Richardson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205630.003.0020

In 1660–1807, the British were the pre-eminent slave traders of the western hemisphere. The growth of British slaving activity between 1660 and 1807 was accompanied by major changes in its organization. The most obvious changes occurred in the way in which voyages were financed and managed and in patterns of investment in the trade among British and British colonial ports. There were also changes in the internal structure of the firms that came to dominate British slaving and in the relationship of individual ports to the trade. The profits that the British earned from the Atlantic slave trade have been the subject of much debate. The impact of the slave trade on Britain’s economy was not simply confined to its effects on capital investment. Its effects were, arguably, much wider.

Keywords:   British Empire, Atlantic slave trade, British slaving, British colonial ports, economy, Britain

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