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A New Account Of Some Parts Of Guinea & The Slave Trade -Title page

A New Account Of Some Parts Of Guinea & The Slave Trade -Title page

Author: Snelgrave, William

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1734

Shelfmark: 279.e.26

Item number: Title Page

Length: 19.9

Width: 11.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

This is the title page of William Snelgrave's 'A New Account of some parts of Guinea and the Slave Trade.' Snelgrave was a British sea captain in the 18th century and had himself been a slave trader. He writes of his experiences negotiating to buy slaves from the King of Dahomey, and includes information about the rituals and customs of some of the Africans he encountered. At this time the European slave traders were only allowed to enter 50 miles inland from the coast. Snelgrave thought himself an humane trader, his own view of his activities being that he was transporting the slaves to a better, Christian life. The third section of the book is dedicated to accounts of his encounters with the pirates who sailed off the Caribbean coasts.

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