Timeline

1562
First English slaving expedition by Sir John Hawkins
1672
Royal Africa Comapny granted charter to carry Africans to the Americas
1725
Birth of John Newton
1731
1735
1743
1745
1759
1760
1769
1772
Granville Sharp won an historic ruling in the Somerset case which held that no slave could be forcibly removed from Britain. (Slavery itself was still permitted).
1778
Slavery made illegal in Scotland.
1786
Thomas Clarkson, publishes A Summary View of the Slave Trade and of the Probable Consequences of its Abolition.
1787
John Newton publishes Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade.
1789
Olaudah Equiano publishes The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.
1789
The play The Benevolent Planters is published.
1790
The first bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade fails.
1791
Slave rebellion on the island of St Domingue (later Haiti).
1792
House of Lords reject an Abolition Bill passed by the House of Commons.
1794
France abolishes slavery in all its territories.
1797
1800
1803
1804
Slave rebellion on the island of St Domingue successful and the first independent black state outside Africa - Haiti - is established.
1807
On 25 March, transatlantic slave trade abolished by the British Parliament.
1807
Death of John Newton
1813
1831
1833
The Abolition of Slavery Act is passed by the British Parliament, abolishing the practice of slavery in all British territories.
1833
1833
Death of Mary Prince