Kelsey Rogers

St. Thomas, West Indies, 1844

St. Thomas was a Danish plantation colony in the West Indies. It had been captured by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, but was returned to Denmark during the Nineteenth Century. The Illustrated London News, 18 May 1844. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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View of Kingston, Jamaica, 1843

Before 1807, when the British slave trade was still legal, Kingston was an important port of slave disembarkation in the West Indies. However, since the beginning of the suppression campaign, the port served as a seat for one of the international courts responsible for adjudicating ships accused of transporting slaves illegally. The following image shows […]

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Duc de Broglie, 1845

The Duc de Broglie, was a French Foreign Minister under the ‘July Monarchy’ of Louis Phillipe. He played a central role in the bilateral negotiations with Britain for the suppression of the slave trade during the 1840s. The Illustrated London News, 26 April 1845. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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H.M.S. Frigate Penelope, 1843

 The suppression of the African slave trade required the use of significant naval power. The following image shows one of the British man of war deployed in the campaign, the H.M.S. Frigate Penelope. The Illustrated London News, 1 July 1843. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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Hill Coolies Landing at the Mauritius, 1842

After the abolition of slavery in British colonies, indentured servants were brought in from India and China to serve in the plantation colonies of Maritius and the West Indies. Some argued that this was simply a ‘New system of slavery’, but the system was eventually permitted to expand. The Illustrated London News, 6 August 1842. […]

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