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Slave ship, cutaway illustration. Slave ships carried hundreds of slaves across the Atlantic from Africa to the American colonies. 18th-century legislation, such as the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788, documented how the slaves were packed tightly end-to-end, along decking and on shelves. Terrible over-crowding on slave ships meant large numbers of slaves died on the journeys. This illustration shows dead bodies being thrown overboard, and a slave being punished on deck. In the UK, the slave trade was abolished in 1807 and slavery was ended in 1833.
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