Transcript of Should Britain have apologised for the slave trade?
Do you think it was right or wrong for Britain to apologise for the slave trade? In 2006, Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote in a Black newspaper 'New Nation': 'how profoundly (deeply) shameful the slave trade was (and) to express our deep sorrow that it ever happened.' Did Britain benefit from the slave trade? Social Benefits Economic Benefits What goods did slaves produce for British people? How did British slave traders benefit? Did the slave trade create jobs for ordinary British people? Which British cities grew because of the slave trade? (click to zoom in) Some became MPs Dockers Sailors Metal Cloth Goods exchanged in Africa To navigate, you can either use the left and right arrows on your keyboard or click on the text, shapes and images to zoom in (click on open space to zoom out). Was Britain responsible for starting the slave trade?? Britain became one of the leading slave trading nations. French, Danish, Portugese, Spanish and Arabs all traded in slaves as well. African Kings captured slaves from other tribes. yes? no? Was Britain responsible for the cruelty suffered by slaves? Did Britain play a role in abolishing slavery? yes? no? What were conditions like on British owned slave ships? What was life like on British owned Plantations? 1788 Dolben Act limited the number of slaves that a ship could carry. Were all Plantation slaves mistreated? Does this matter if they were still not free? Some slaves could buy their freedom. Britain was the first country to abolish (stop) slavery in 1807. The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade was founded in 1787. British Abolitionists William Wilberforce Thomas Clarkson It took 20 years of campaigning before Parliament finally abolished slavery. Why do you think this was? Think about who some of the MPs were and how they made their money. abolish: to end something Sugar Tobacco Cotton Large estates Wealthy lifestyles Ship builders Sail makers Rope makers Why do you think these cities benefitted? Granville Sharp Britain was responsible for over a third of the 6 million slaves transported in the 18th Century. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6185176.stm Did Wales benefit? http://www.culture24.org.uk/places+to+go/wales/art46916Full transcript