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Forgotten Histories: Latin America - the last frontier of British slaveholding

  • 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN and online
  • 17:30-19:30 BST

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

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.

Speakers

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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