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Squadron: Ending the African Slave Trade

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Despite the British being early abolitionists, a significant slave trade remained down the east coast of Africa through the mid-1800s, even after the Civil War ended it in the United States. What further undermined the British Empire was that many of the vessels involved in the trade were themselves British ships.

The Royal Navy’s response was to dispatch a squadron to patr
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams (first published November 7th 2017)
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May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Squadron is a very readable account of a little-known facet of the trade in African slaves in the Indian Ocean. Long after the trade was made illegal in the British Empire in 1807, followed by the USA in 1809 and most other European countries in the next ten years, the ownership of slaves remained legal in many countries for decades. Illegal traders in captured Africans continued to operate. The trans-Atlantic trade had effectively been stopped by the middle of the century, largely by the Royal ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is an unlikely book for me to pick up. Yet I did. And I read it through. Fascinating, thorough look at the British Navy's effort to eliminate or at least slow the trade in human beings in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia in the mid-19th century. The author uses a myriad of primary sources, including court records, ships' logs, diaries, books by the ship captains themselves, etc. His detailed research allows him to insert facts such as the weather on a specific day, a person's thoughts abou ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I am indebted to Somali Bookaholic who recommended this book to me in conversation about my review of Petals of Blood. It’s a very interesting book about four British naval captains who in the mid 18th century undertook anti-slavery activity off the African coast without always having had official authority to do so.
Britain had abolished slavery, but still, there was significant trade even after the end of the American Civil War. Some of the ships involved were British operating illegally and so
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars.

First, the writing was excellent. Details and events were felt natural and part of the whole narrative rather than a break in the writing.

Two, this was a biography of Meara, Heath, Colomb, and Sulivan more than history but not by much.

Three, I wish the author had started the book with a general overview of slavery, the slave trade from Africa, who took part in that trade, and what happened to support and/or stop the slave trade prior to the squadron starting their work. I felt that I
Michael Heath-Caldwell
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Broich's book looks at one of the last great endeavours to end the slave trade off the east coast of Africa, as carried out by four British naval officers. This book explains some of the other naval officers who appear in Sir Leopold Heath's photo albums so I suppose I should write them up. ...more
Dave Clarke
An amazing and thoroughly well researched tale, let down by exceptionally poor writing, confused chronology, disjointed chapters and sub-sections and a desperate need of a good editor ...
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