The slave trade in Georgian Britain

Lesson Rationale

The slave trade proved to be one of the key cornerstones of the 18th century. Coupled with industrialisation, the slave trade brought vast wealth to those involved at great human cost. This activity, aimed at key stage 3, explores the prevalence of the slave trade and changing attitudes to slavery. While this activity explores British reformer source material, it is important to treat this activity as part of a series of lessons that includes examining the active role played by enslaved and ex-enslaved people in the abolition of slavery.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What was the transatlantic slave trade?
  • What did the transatlantic slave trade bring to Britain?
  • Why, when the transatlantic slave trade was abolished in Britain and its empire in 1807, did slavery in British colonies still exist?