Amazing Grace

For well over 300 years, European countries, including the British Empire, forced Africans into slavery. The first nation to enslave Africans and transport them across the Atlantic Ocean was Portugal in the mid to late 1400’s. The first Britain to engage in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was Captain John Hawkins in 1562 (2), who supplied Spanish colonies in the Americas with over 1,200 Africans over the course of six years. To start, British traders were only involved in supplying slaves for the Spanish and Portuguese colonists in America. However, as the British Empire grew, so did the colonies’ demand for labor to cultivate sugar. The increase in demand resulted in about 1,150 voyages to ...

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attending St. John’s College in Cambridge, he met William Pitt, a long time friend, fellow anti-slave-trade lobbyist, and the future Prime Minister. When Wilberforce was twenty-six years old, he became an evangelical Christian, resulting in a lifelong concern for reform. Shortly after, he came in contact with Thomas Clarkson, the founder of the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, and a group of anti-slave-trade lobbyists, who convinced him to join their cause. It took little persuading as William was already intrigued by the thought of abolishment after hearing Rev. James Ramsay’s horrifying accounts of the conditions endured by the slaves. It wasn’t long before Wilberforce became one of the leading English Abolitionists. When Clarkson presented Wilberforce with the suggestion that he bring forward the abolition of the slave trade in Parliament, he claimed that “he felt the great importance of the subject, and thought himself unequal to the task allotted to him, but ...

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Added: 5/10/2011 12:31:13 PM
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