Squadron: Ending The African Slave Trade
- Publish Date: 2017-11-28
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: John Broich
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The true account of the British Royal Navys crusade to put an end to the African slave trade once and for all
Despite the British being early abolitionists, a significant slave trade remained down the east coast of Africa through the mid-1800s, even after the Civil War ended it in the United States. What further undermined the British Empire was that many of the vessels involved in the trade were themselves British ships.
The Royal Navys response was to dispatch a squadron to patrol Africas coast. Following what began as a simple policing action, this is the story of the four Royal Naval officers who witnessed how rampant the slave trade remained and made it their personal mission to end it. When the disruption in trade ships started to step on toes within the wealthy merchant class, the campaign was cancelled. However, in the end a coalition of naval officers and abolitionists forced the British governments hand into eradicating the slave trade entirely.
Squadron grew from historian John Broichs passion to hunt down firsthand accounts of this untold story. Through research from archives throughout the U.K., Broich tells a tale of defiance in the face of political corruption, while delivering thrills in the tradition of high seas heroism. If it werent a true story, Squadron would be right at home alongside Patrick OBrians Master and Commander series.15 b&w images and 3 maps
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