Though slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833, in other parts of the world - including in Cuba and Brazil - it remained legal. British slaveholding, and the businesses profiting from it, was able to continue in these areas. Canning House welcomes a panel of leading academics whose work has focused on this lesser-known history.
Forgotten Histories: Latin America - the last frontier of British slaveholding
- 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN and online
- 17:30-19:30 BST
Latin America - the last frontier of British slaveholding
The British Slavery Abolition Act, passed in 1833, brought an end to slavery in most of the British Empire. Yet, beyond the reaches of that empire – such as in Cuba and Brazil, wherein slavery was not abolished until 1886 and 1888 respectively – British slaveholders, and the businesses profiting from their activities, were able to continue.
Today, this history remains little-researched and for many, seemingly forgotten. In this edition of the Forgotten Histories event series, Canning House welcomes a panel of leading academics whose work has focused on this lesser-known period of British slaveholding in Latin America.
Chair: Professor Matthew Smith
Director of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery at University College London
Professor Chris Evans
Professor in History at the University of South Wales
Dr Courtney Campbell
Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Birmingham
Dr Joe Mulhern
Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Durham
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