Cornwall and Devon in the Age of Transatlantic Slavery

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 20th October 2020

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: on-line

Description: This talk will look at the historical connections between Cornwall and Devon and the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the African Diaspora. Beginning with the African presence in South West England from the sixteenth-century onward, it will look at Plymouth’s role in the foundation of the British slave trade and the interconnectivity of South Western ports, West Africa and the Americas. The talk will consider Cornwall and Devon’s connections with both the histories of slavery and abolition. How did residents in both counties mobilise in the late eighteenth century to petition for the abolition of the British slave trade? Who benefited from the £20 million in compensation, paid by British taxpayers to the former slave-owners, which made colonial abolition possible in 1833? Finally, how is this history commemorated today in light of current debates about the legacies of Britain, Africa, and trans-Atlantic slavery?

How to book: The easiest approach is to book tickets online: Or phone the Arts Institute Plymouth University T: 01752 585050

Price: Free

Tel: 01503230106



Organiser: Alan H. Cousins

Lecturer: Dr Richard Anderson (University of Aberdeen)

Comments: When you book, you will receive login instructions for the talk. The talk will allow you the opportunity to listen live and pitch questions to the historian presenting. You will also be able to access the talk online after it is first streamed.

Region: South-West England

Branch: Plymouth

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