Slavery in Penang,1841

By Ooi Kee Beng

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Before the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade passed by the British Parliament on March 25, 1807 came into effect the following year, as many as 2,532,300 Africans had reportedly been carried across the Atlantic to America to be sold as slaves. This amounted to 41% (!) of the total transport of individuals. The British Empire being the biggest slave trader in the world, the passing of the Act greatly damaged the global trade in humans.Slavery in the...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: