New database sheds light on Ireland's slave trade connections

A newly-digitised database has shed light on Ireland’s connection to the slave trade and reveals how many Irish slave owners profited by the abolition of slavery by claiming compensation.

12th March, 2013
In 1883 the British House of Commons passed the Slavery Abolition Act, which paved the way for the gradual abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

A newly-digitised database has shed light on Ireland’s connection to the slave trade and reveals how many Irish slave owners profited by the abolition of slavery by claiming compensation.

The database, which is the result of two projects based at University College London tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain, went online in recent weeks, and records the 46,000 individual claims which were made for compensation. While the majority...

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