April 22, 2017

Capture of a Slaver off the Congo River, 1845

The Congo River was always an important point of slave embarkation. In the nineteenth century, however, its importance as a source of slaves further increased as the legislation to suppress the traffic initially focused on the North Atlantic. The following image shows a British man of war preparing to rescue Africans who were previously on board a slave ship off the Congo River.
The Illustrated London News, 10 May 1845. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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