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1 READING 34-1 Source: H. Hobhouse. 1986. Seeds of Change: Five Plants that Tranformed Mankind. Harper & Row, New York. Sugar & the Slave Trade The ingenious wording of a certain English china ware- house’s advertisement for sugar basins in the early 1800s ex- ploited the contemporary wave of liberal thinking: “East India Sugar not made by Slaves,” the pots were printed, thus enabling the purchaser to display his conscience publicly. “A Family that uses 5lb of Sugar a Week,” the advertisement continued, “will, by using East India instead of West India, for 21 Months, prevent the Slavery, or Murder, of one Fellow Creature! Eight such Families in 19 ½ years will prevent the Slavery, or Murder of 100!!” 1 The equation of 5 pounds for 21 months, or 450 pounds being equal to the life of one slave, was a very extreme calculation. Most of the evidence from the 17th century, when conditions were primitive, life was cheap, and slaves could be obtained relatively easily in West Africa, would equate 1 life with half a ton of sugar.
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