SLAVERY AND THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
EUROPEAN SLAVE TRADING
Most European nations were involved in Atlantic slave trading and contributed to colonial slavery :

  • either by organising slave-trading expeditions,
  • or by financing expeditions (e.g. Switzerland),
  • or by producing goods to be sold on the coast of Africa to finance the purchase of captives or the running of plantations.

Certain countries were particularly heavily involved in organising slave-trading expeditions :

Country           Slave-trading Expeditions
Britain               41 %
Portugal            39 %
France              19 %
Netherlands     5,7 %
Denmark          1,2 %

Liverpool, Europe’s most active slave-trading port, launched 4,894 expeditions, more than all the French ports together.