The Slave Trade and Abolition
Research into the impact of the slave trade and its abolition.
When colonial slavery was abolished in 1833 the British government paid £20 million to slave-owners as compensation for the loss of their "property". In today's terms that figure equates to around £16.5 billion. The enslaved received nothing.
Legacies of British Slave-Ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at University College London (UCL):
UCL has produced a searchable and freely accessible database of all slave-owners in the British Caribbean at the time slavery ended. The starting point for this work was the records of the Slave Compensation Commission, which distributed the compensation to slave-owners.
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