Bristol as Slave Port

Bristol was the start and finish point of the lucrative Atlantic slave trade. Goods were loaded on to ships heading for Africa where they were traded for human slaves. These were then taken across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and Americas where they were traded for sugar or cotton. This was then brought back to Bristol to sell to the hungry industrialising nation. The majority of the profits of the slave trade ended up in ports like Bristol and Liverpool.


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by Stephen Luscombe