How was the Slave Trade Abolished? You can choose one or more of any of the following tasks to complete



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How was the Slave Trade Abolished?
You can choose one or more of any of the following tasks to complete.

▪ Overleaf is a timeline which describes how the slave trade (the transport of slaves), and then slavery itself (the existence of slaves), was abolished.


*Option 1: Organising History into Periods (Basic)

▪ Historians have to divide events into "periods" to make a long sequence of events easier to understand. Each "period" usually forms a "chapter" of a book.

▪ Your job is to split the table into 3-5 "Periods". Place a title over each "Chapter" to indicate why you decided to slice the table up in this manner.
**Option 2: Organising History into Themes (Intermediate)

▪ Historians have to divide events into "themes" to make them easier to analyse.

▪ Your job is to code the events in the table using two colours. You can decide for yourself how to divide the events up, e.g.

▪ Actions by blacks / Actions by whites;

▪ Events in Europe / Events in the Americas;

▪ Laws against slavery / Actions against slavery;

▪ Abolition of slave trade / Abolition of slavery itself.

▪ If you prefer, you can divide the events into different columns rather than put them in different colours.


***Option 3: Creative Presentation / Google Earth Tour (Advanced)

Produce a creative resource outlining how, when and where the slave trade was abolished.

You can use one of the tools listed on Tarr’s Toolbox (www.classtools.net/blog) to help you.
Reaching conclusions
a. Provide written answers to these questions:

▪ What are the three most important events in the timeline? Explain.

▪ Who was the most important person in abolishing slavery?

• Were white campaigners more important than black rebels in ending slavery?


b. Now debate the following statements as a class. Your teacher may put you into two groups, one to argue "Yes" and one to argue "No" for each.

a. "Britain's decision to abolish slavery makes up for its earlier involvement in it"



b. "Britain should pay compensation to black people for the damage caused by the slave trade over the centuries"



Timeline: The Abolition of the Slave Trade

1730

First Maroons War in Jamaica; Britain agrees to let them live free on part of the island.

1735

Tackey’s slave rebellion in Antigua; he led another in Jamaica in 1760.

1770s

The abolitionist Granville Sharpe collects evidence showing that slavery is illegal.

1772

Somerset Case: Rules that slaves in England cannot be forced back to the West Indies.

1775

American War of Independence. Britain gives freedom to slaves that fight for the King.

1783

The Zong Case: living slaves are thrown overboard; this causes outrage in Britian.

1786

Thomas Clarkson’s "An essay on slavery" is published.

1787

The "Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade" is established in England.

1789

The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, is published in London.

1789

The French Revolution begins in July. It inspires the slaves to rise up in rebellion.

1790

William Wilberforce presents the first abolition bill to Parliament; it is defeated.

1791

Toussaint L’Ouverture leads a rebellion of slaves in Haiti.

1792

Wilberforce presents a second abolition bill to Parliament; it is defeated.

1793

War between Britain and France (till 1802) pushes abolition down Parliament's agenda.

1794

Revolutionary France abolishes slavery and frees all enslaved people in her colonies.

1795

Second Maroon War in Jamaica, ending in defeat for the Maroons.

1795

Rebellions in Grenada and St. Vincent cause enormous damage to plantations.

1796

Napoleon seizes power in France and restores slavery in the French colonies.

1803

Slave trading abolished in Denmark.

1804

Haiti declared a free Republic – the first free black settlement outside Africa.

1807

Slave trading abolished by Britain and United States

1811

Slavery abolished in Spain.

1813

Slave trading abolished by Sweden.

1814

Slave trading abolished by The Netherlands.

1816

Slave rebellion in Barbados causes huge damage.

1817

Slave trading abolished by France after the fall of Napoleon.

1819

Slave trading abolished north of the equator by Portugal.

1820

Slave trading abolished by Spain.

1823

Slave rising in Demerara is crushed by British forces.

1823

Anti-Slavery Committee formed in London to campaign for total abolition of slavery.

1831

Major slave revolt called 'The Baptists’ War’ breaks out in Jamaica.

1831

Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion in the US.

1831

The autobiography of Mary Prince is published in London.

1833

Britain abolishes slavery. Wilberforce dies three days after the law is passed.

1839

Slaves seize the slave ship Amistad, sail to the USA, and obtain their freedom.

1840

J.W.M. Turner’s painting 'The Slave Ship’ is exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

1842

Slavery abolished in Uruguay.

1843

Slavery abolished in Argentina.

1843

Slavery abolished in Swedish Colonies.

1848

Slavery abolished in French and Danish Colonies.

1851

Slave trading abolished by Brazil.

1858

Slavery abolished in Portuguese Colonies.

1865

Slavery abolished in the United States at the end of the American Civil War.

1886

Abolition of slavery in Cuba.

1888

Abolition of slavery in Brazil.




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