Devon and the Slave Trade – Todd Gray : Documents on African enslavement, abolition and emancipation from 1562 to 1867
Now available a new revised edition of the original book which was originally published in 2007, was awarded the prize of “Outstanding Contribution to Black Studies” by the Black History Foundation, and sold out. This new edition (NEW ISBN 9781903356753) includes a new forward, small updates and some new material.
Todd Gray’s research has found a collection of documents which introduce the topic of Devon’s role in African slavery. Here below are just a few of the subjects covered in each section of the book. A full list can be supplied upon request.
Part One: Includes Sir John Hawkins’ 3 voyages to Africa and the West Indies 1562-1568; The Guinea Company; Devon slaves in Morocco 1637 and Arthur Frankland’s anti -slaving voyage on HM Sloop Jaseur to East Africa 1830.
Part Two: The Antigua Plantation of the Swete family 1740s ; The Rolle Plantation in East Florida 1780-1785; Slaves on Nevis Island Plantation and an account book of Oldbury Plantation Jamaica.
Part Three: Petition of William Castillo, Plymouth 1758; Expatriation and Equiano at Plymouth; Abolition 1787 to 1792 Exeter,Plymouth, Tiverton, Kingsbridge, Topsham, Bradninch, Cullompton, Totnes, Dartmouth and Honiton amongst others. Also compensation to owners of slaves.