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Freedom’s DebtThe Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752$
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William A. Pettigrew

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469611815

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611815.001.0001

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“This African Monster”

“This African Monster”

(p.x) (p.1) Prologue “This African Monster”
Freedom’s Debt

William A. Pettigrew

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter begins with a brief account of the political dispute between the Royal African Company (RAC) and its independent slave-trading opponents. It then sets out the book’s focus, namely the story of the RAC, a corporation provided in 1672 by Charles II with a chartered monopoly over all English trade with Africa for a thousand years, and locates the story of the RAC and of the transatlantic slave trade within the political history of trade regulation.

Keywords:   Royal African Company, RAC, slave traders, transatlantic slave trade, trade regulation, political history

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