The Zong

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In 1781 the captain of the British slave ship Zong ordered his crew to throw 132 Africans bound for slavery in America - a third of his captives - overboard, because the ship was running low on drinking water. This sobering history places the atrocity in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, and shows how the resulting dispute over insurance drew the incident to the outraged attention of the British public, intensifying demands for the abolition of this inhuman commerce.

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The Zong

The Zong

A Massacre, the Law and the End of Slavery

Hardback260pp Illustrated

9780300125559 Product Code: 224004

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In 1781 the captain of the British slave ship Zong ordered his crew to throw 132 Africans bound for slavery in America - a third of his captives - overboard, because the ship was running low on drinking water. This sobering history places the atrocity in the context of the Atlantic slave trade, and shows how the resulting dispute over insurance drew the incident to the outraged attention of the British public, intensifying demands for the abolition of this inhuman commerce.

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