Sweden’s Slave Trade


This year it’s two hundred years since Great Britain abolished the Slave trade. But there are countries which instead of following suit, took advantage and expanded their transatlantic slave-trading, and it might come as a surprise for many that among them was Sweden. It didn’t abandon the practice until nearly 40 years later…but how much do Swedes today know about their country’s shameful past? Tom McAlinden finds out…

And if you want to know what happened to the small number of African slaves brought to Sweden and how the British eventually scared the Swedish Parliament into abolishing slavery, read more about Sweden’s slave colony and listen to the broadcast.

Pictured: King Gustav III of Sweden

April in London-Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Events

Tuesday 17 April
The Dr. Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture Series – Setting the Scene: The Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
First lecture in the series introducing the Economic Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and re-launching the book Capitalism and Slavery.
Webcast: This event will be webcast. Links to webcasts are added shortly before transmission.

Thursday 19 April
Caribbean Voices on the Transatlantic Slave Trade – Transatlantic Slavery Seminar and Caribbean Book Fair
Time: 4.30pm – 10pm
Venue: London Metropolitan University, 116-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Admission: Free
This will be a rare opportunity to reflect on the intellectual and cultural legacies of the transatlantic slave trade from a Caribbean perspective. The seminar will feature the distinguished historian Dr. Hilary Beckles from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus, Barbados). For bookings, email: j.kingmalik@londonmet.ac.uk telephone: 020 7133 3035
Webcast: This event will be webcast. Links to webcasts are added shortly before transmission.

Taking Care of Business in France part 2 – Sandrine Joseph – Arts & Talents

Sandrine Joseph supports the arts in France:

En cr??ant @rts & Talents en 2000, j???ai r??alis?? un r??ve, celui de pouvoir r??unir deux domaines contemporains : les technologies du web et les cr??ations de mes amis artistes. Aujourd???hui la floraison de sites, de blogs, de portails artisitiques et culturels montre la force incroyable que peut d??gager l???union des arts plastiques et num??riques. Visit the Arts & Talents website today.

London and the slave trade


From the 1570s, African people were forcibly brought to London from the African continent. The London newspapers of the 17th and 18th centuries carried advertisements offering slaves for sale, whilst other newspaper advertisements attempted to find runaway slaves. There are also records of slaves being bought and sold on the London Stock Exchange. However, most British slaves were taken from Africa to the British colonies in the West Indies and at the start, slavery remained hidden from the general population. Read more about the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and London’s role now.

Source: Mayor Of London’s Office