The Royal African Company: London’s Slave-Trading Behemoth 1672-1752

 

Guildhall Library

Dr William Pettigrew gave an excellent talk at the Guildhall Library on 17th October. Although the event was booked out, tube strikes (apparently) scuppered the full house! The audience were entertained with the intricacies of the rise and fall of the Royal African Company, monopoly -v- independent slave trading and much more. Plus serious ‘name dropping’ from William Dockwra to Daniel Dafoe and  ‘Robinson Caruso’ as well as Thomas Coram,  often associated with the subject in a way one would not expect. The audience were responsive and asked many interesting questions; most signed up for future events and noted their interest in following the research project.

The book ‘Freedom’s Debt’ will be launched in January 2014, details of this will be posted end of November 2013. There is a pre-order option on Amazon.

Comments so far:

Yesterday was excellent – I look forward to keeping up with Project news – good luck with it. Sandra Cumming
Please convey my thanks and congratulations to William for a fantastic walk and a brilliant (if under-attended) lecture. Stephen Cook
Phamphlet for retaining the monopoly on slavery
Phamphlet for retaining the monopoly on slavery

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The independent slave merchants -v- the monopoly
The independent slave merchants -v- the monopoly

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