April 22, 2017

H.M.S. Cormorant Engaging the Fort of Paranaguá, Brazil, 1850

British naval vessels chasing slavers in the high seas was a common feature in the suppression period. Sometimes, however, they overstepped their jurisdiction and invaded other nations’ waters. The image shows one such instance, where H.M.S. Cormorant invaded Brazilian waters in pursuit of slaves seeking harbor at the Port of Paranaguá.
The Illustrated London News, 28 September 1850. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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