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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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Cuba and Brazil

Cuba and Brazil

(p.175) 7 Cuba and Brazil
The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956

James Heartfield

Oxford University Press

With the end of the American civil war the trans-Atlantic slave trade was near an end, with Brazil and Cuba the last bastions of slavery. The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society had good reason to think that the forces of reform were on their side, since Spain’s new revolutionary government of 1868 numbered many friends of the Society, and Brazil’s liberals were admirers of Britain. However, the Spanish revolution led to a clash between the Spanish colonial government and its Cuban colony that led to a war of independence. To the BFASS’s dismay, the Spanish government dropped emancipation because of the conflict, while in Brazil the reformers’ efforts were so hedged about as to be ineffectual.

Keywords:   Cuba, Brazil, Emancipado, Slavery, Madrid

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