New World Settlements in Africa

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New World Settlements in Africa Another consequence of abolition – founding/settlement of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone as British base for anti slave trade activity Sierra Leone Small West African nation – 4 million people. Slightly smaller than South Carolina Important part of Diaspora history History linked to Britain, US, etc Founding traced back to American war of independence o Enslaved fighting on British side offered freedom o Black loyalists evacuated from United States at end of war to Canada including Nova Scotia and to England o Black loyalists in Britain known as Black Poor. Rejected by larger society. Newly freed slaves, destitute and dependent on the British gov’t, little economic support. British attempt to solve the problem of a growing black population in Britain Different kind of population (already black population in London since 16 th century) o 1787 – Abolitionist Granville Sharp, Olaudah Equiano et al. offer passage to Sierra Leone
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