History of the Liverpool Privateers, with an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade 1744-1812

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History of the Liverpool Privateers, with an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade 1744-1812

History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque, with an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade, 1744-1812, by Gomer Williams,

Published by the University of Liverpool in 2004, 718 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3622)

Brand New Book

Gomer Williams worked as a journalist for the Liverpool Mercury and drew on newspapers, private correspondence and first-hand accounts of the slave trade to produce his book. Writing in 1897, Williams lamented the fact that Africans were still being threatened by the commercial interests of Europeans. This facsimile edition has a new introduction by David Eltis, a world authority of the slave trade, and includes appendices listing all the Liverpool vessels bound for Africa from the beginning of the trade to Abolition.

As David Eltis writes in his introduction: Readers should not forget what is as hard to appreciate today in the case of slave trading as it was over a hundred years ago when Gomer Williams wrote his book – that it was a legitimate endeavour in the eyes of domestic and emerging international law, and, more important, was not viewed as in any way immoral: before the late eighteenth century, slave trading and privateering were seen as indistinguishable from trading in Baltic timber or Canadian furs.

By 1783 three ports in England – London, Bristol, and Liverpool – accounted for over sixty per cent of privateering commissions, and this book is still considered to be the best source of information on privateering and the slave trade, from Liverpool or any other port.

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