Slaves in the 18th century
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They were also said to lack reason. Ships leaving European ports for West Africa would carry printed cotton textiles, some originally from India, copper utensils and bangles, pewter plates and pots, iron bars more valued than gold, hats, trinkets, gunpowder and firearms and alcohol. I there-fore wished much to be from amongst them, for I expected they would sacrifice me; but my wishes were vain—for we were so quartered that it was impossible for any of us to make our escape. They were treated with appalling cruelty, often being whipped. In Equiano also became the first black person ever to be employed by the British government, when he was made Commissary of Provisions and Stores for the impoverished black people who had decided to take up the government's offer of an assisted passage to Sierra Leone. Then," said I, "how comes it in all our country we never heard of them? One of these dilemmas came with the sense of time.
This practice, known as the Underground Railroadgained real momentum in the s. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions. He toured the nation promoting its abolitionist sentiments.
Few could afford this, until a further law in established their freedom and made this slavery and bondage illegal. Only in and were the first general protective laws against child labour, the Factory Actspassed in Britain.
A modest effort was made to punish those convicted of violating the law, but was rarely enforced and the importation of African slaves continued virtually unabated. As time went on though, many African immigrants were free and worked as tradesmen, sailors, and even businessmen and musicians.
This enabled some convicts to resume a more normal life, to marry and raise a family, and a few to develop the colonies while removing them from the society.
Their duties were not necessarily onerous; their chief function often seems to have been just to look decorative.
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