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Title
An act for extending and improving the trade to Africa
Names
Great Britain. Parliament (Creator)
Collection

Sidney Lapidus Slavery and Abolition Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1750
Place: London
Publisher: by the Assigns of Robert Baskett
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: SC Rare Lapidus Collection Box 1 Folder 3
Topics
Slavery
Slave trade
Blacks
Enslaved people
Great Britain -- Commerce -- Africa
Genres
Administrative acts
Notes
Content: Issued with a general title page, and also as part of: 'Anno Regni Georgii II. Regis Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, vicesimo tertio. At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the tenth day of November, 1747. And from thence continued . to the sixteenth day of November, 1749, being the third session of this present Parliament.'
Content: Signed on first leaf of text: 6Y2; press fig. 3 on p.547.
Ownership: Copy in SC Rare Lapidus Collection Box 1 Folder 3 stamped in ink, on page 546, "Exchange Baker Library Harvard University January 1, 1944." NN
Physical Description
Extent: Original wrappers. 10 pages. 19x30 cm.
Description
An important act that vastly enlarged the number of slaves taken from Africa. Established in 1662, the Royal Company of Adventures Trading to Africa was given exclusive rights to take slaves for the West Indian plantations. It functioned like most companies, issuing stock and etc., however the beneficiaries of the grant were uniquely the Merchants of London. In 1672, it was reformed as the Royal African Company. In 1698 the trade was opened entirely and was not controlled. Finally, with this act, the trade was to be completely free but no traders were to be incorporated under the name of The Company of Merchants Trading to Africa, with the crown charging forty guineas per ship. This caused the price of slaves to drop dramatically, making fortunes on both sides of the Atlantic. It was after the passage of this act that the greatest number of people were enslaved each year.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 38366043
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20843740
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2c862c50-9d31-0133-dd60-00505686d14e
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1750: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. (1750). An act for extending and improving the trade to Africa Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/5b08efa0-c3ac-0133-5dd1-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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An act for extending and improving the trade to Africa