Inquiry into the slave trade, 1792

This evidence presented to the Lords of the Committee of Council appointed for the 'consideration of all matters relating to trade and foreign plantations' shows that in 1792 around 74,000 slaves were being exported from Africa every year. British merchants were responsible for exporting about 50% of these. William Wilberforce had tried to introduce a Bill to abolish slavery in 1787 - unsuccessfully, because at that time slaves were regarded as essential to the economic prosperity of the Caribbean, where they worked on sugar and tobacco plantations.
HLRO Main Papers (3 May 1792)

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