Town and Fort of Acapulco, on the West Coast of Mexico, with English and French Squadrons Lying in the Harbor, 1862

Great Britain deployed five ships to the port of Acapulco in case a squadron was needed to support France or Spain. Great Britain had received claims from these countries about a potential need for force against Mexico due to political tension. The Illustrated London News, 12 July 1862. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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Freetown, Sierra Leone, 1874

Established in the eighteenth century as part of the Sierra Leone project, Freetown was the center for the suppression of the slave trade on the coast of West Africa and served as home to a large portion of the population of those freed from the illicit slave trade. The Illustrated London News, 10 January 1874. […]

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