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The People’s Republic: How they came

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK JUST as the British were getting thoroughly fed up with Kosoko’s uncompromising encouragement of the slave-trade, Akintoye addressed a beautifully-worded petition to Beecroft in 1851 in which, among other things,…

The People’s Republic: How they came

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK BY 1870, there were also French merchants trading side by side with the British on the Niger. In order to eliminate competition among themselves and so increase their profits, and to present a common front to…

The People’s Republic: How they came

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK THE abolition of slavery involved Great Britain in enormous expenditure. She paid the sum of £20m, as compensation to British slave owners for the emancipation of their slaves. The sum of £400,000 was paid to…

The People’s Republic: How they came

CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK WINDHAM was followed in 1562 by John Hawkins. He was more successful, but did not come as far as the Bight of Benin. He stopped at Sierra Leone from where he took away 300 slaves. For his exploit, he was knighted…

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