Pioneer of the Triangular Trade


Here, in this letter to Elizabeth I, Hawkins states his intentions for his third voyage: to 'lade Negroes in Genoya (Guinea) and sell them in the West Indyes'. He promises the queen gold, pearls and emeralds from the enterprise. These three voyages were the start of what became known as the 'triangular trade'.

SP 12/44, f. 16 (16 Sept 1567)

 

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