Slave ship diagrams, 18th century

Slave ship diagrams, 18th century

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Caption: Slave ship diagrams. 18th-century diagrams showing the plans by which the British slave ship 'Brookes' was able to carry 454 slaves under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788. This act regulated the trans-Atlantic trade of slaves from Africa to the American colonies. Deck plans and cross-sections show how the slaves (men and women) were packed tightly end-to-end, along decking and on shelves. Despite such regulations, terrible over-crowding on slave ships meant large numbers of slaves died on such ships. In the UK, the slave trade was abolished in 1807 and slavery was ended in 1833. Diagrams published circa 1788.

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