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The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956A History$
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James Heartfield

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491673.001.0001

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Africa before the ‘Scramble’

Africa before the ‘Scramble’

(p.203) 8 Africa before the ‘Scramble’
The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956

James Heartfield

Oxford University Press

The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society naturally had a special interest in the government of the British outposts on the West Coast of Africa, which had grown up under the anti-slavery system. Commercial outposts and religious missions encouraged interest in the Gold Coast, among the Asante, and in Nigeria. Traders and missionaries not only brought back shocking stories of slave raids and markets, but they also excited interest in the African continent. The end of the Atlantic slave trade seemed to close off the Society’s work, but just as it did close off, greater attention was drawn to slavery in Africa. David Livingstone’s reports of the depopulation of East Africa by slave raiders reinvigorated anti-slavery feeling in Britain. Despite some differences the Society championed Livingstone’s cause, and basked in his reflected glory.

Keywords:   Asante, Gold Coast, Nigeria, Livingstone, Arab slave trade

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