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Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1672-1752

William A. Pettigrew

Abstract

In the years following the Glorious Revolution, independent slave traders challenged the charter of the Royal African Company (RAC) by asserting their natural rights as Britons to trade freely in enslaved Africans. This comprehensive history of the rise and fall of the RAC grounds the transatlantic slave trade in politics, not economic forces, analyzing the ideological arguments of the RAC and its opponents in Parliament and in public debate. Ultimately, it reasons that freedom became the rallying cry for those who wished to participate in the slave trade and therefore bolstered the expansion ... More

Keywords: Glorious Revolution, independent slave traders, Royal African Company, enslaved Africans, slave trade, freedom, intercontinental forced migration, charter, natural rights, Parliament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469611815
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469611815.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William A. Pettigrew, author