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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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The Ideas

The Ideas

Challenging the “Tales of … Mandevil”

(p.83) Three The Ideas
Freedom’s Debt

William A. Pettigrew

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the ways in which the public political disputes between the Royal African Company and the separate traders generated a conflict of ideologies. Late Stuart politics forced both sides to justify their interested positions and their very different constituencies in ideological terms. For the African Company, the self-interested trading activity of the separate traders was socially corruptive, and it enervated national liberty. For the independent traders, national liberty and economic growth was best achieved by the economic contributions of individual subjects.

Keywords:   Royal African Company, independent slave traders, transatlantic slave trade, political dispute

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