The Abolition of the Brazilian Slave Trade: Britain, Brazil and the Slave Trade Question

The Abolition of the Brazilian Slave Trade: Britain, Brazil and the Slave Trade Question

by Leslie Bethell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521101131

ISBN-13: 9780521101134

Pub. Date: 02/12/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

When at the beginning of the nineteenth century Britain launched her crusade against the transatlantic slave trade, Brazil was one of the greatest importers of African slaves in the New World. Negro slavery had been the cornerstone of the Brazilian economy and of Brazilian society for over 200 years and the slave population of Brazil required regular replenishment

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Overview

When at the beginning of the nineteenth century Britain launched her crusade against the transatlantic slave trade, Brazil was one of the greatest importers of African slaves in the New World. Negro slavery had been the cornerstone of the Brazilian economy and of Brazilian society for over 200 years and the slave population of Brazil required regular replenishment through the trade. In this detailed study Dr Bethell explains how during the period of Brazilian independence from Portugal, Britain forced the Brazilian slave trade to be declared illegal, why it proved impossible to suppress it for twenty years afterwards and how it was finally abolished. He covers a major aspect of the history of the international abolition of the slave trade and slavery and makes an important contribution to the study of Anglo-Brazilian relations which were dominated - and damaged - by the slave trade question for more than half a century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521101134
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2009
Series:
Cambridge Latin American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Maps; Abbreviations; 1. First steps towards abolition, 1807–1822; 2. Independence and abolition, 1822–1826; 3. Brazil and the slave trade, 1827–1839; 4. Treaty negotiations, 1830–1839; 5. The British navy and the mixed commissions, 1830–1839; 6. The extension of Britain's powers, 1839; 7. Britain and the slave trade, 1839–1845; 8. Slave trade, slavery and sugar duties, 1839–1844; 9. Lord Aberdeen's Act of 1845; 10. The Aftermath of the Aberdeen Act; 11. Changing attitudes and plans of action, 1845–1850; 12. Crisis and final abolition, 1850–1851; 13. The aftermath of abolition; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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