Brazilian Gold, Cuban Copper and the Final Frontier of British Anti-Slavery

  • Chris Evans
  • Slavery and Abolition, March 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/0144039x.2012.709039

Latin American Mining and British Anti-slavery

What is it about?

Transnational mining companies posed problems for anti-slavery activists in the years after emancipation in Britain's Atlantic empire. Abolitionists were outraged by London-based companies that exploited slave labour in Cuba and Brazil but an attempt in 1843 to prohibit such practices was ineffectual. This paper explores the reasons for this failure and raises questions about the potency of abolitionism within early Victorian political culture.

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