Trade Routes Learning Journey
Follow the Learning Journey steps and come aboard ships sailing between England, Africa, the Caribbean and America - the infamous triangular trade routes that crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean over 200 years ago.
Click on the steps below to explore.
Trade Routes Learning Journey Step 6 The Return Passage: America to England
In Lancashire children as young as seven work in the mills and conditions are so bad that people begin to compare the lives of the mill workers with those of slaves on the cotton plantations.
"What would be the feeling of a proprietor of slaves in the West Indies, permitted to work his black apprentices only 8 hours during the day were he to visit this free country to see these white apprentices labour 12 hours during the day. Would he not turn to their proprietor and say "are you not one of those who took an active part in calling for the abolition of slavery"
(1837 Pamphlet attacking R.H.Greg)
The triangular trade route begins to decline in the early nineteenth century. Slave trading is made illegal in America and the British colonies in 1807 but owning slaves is not outlawed until in 1833 when Parliament passes a law abolishing slavery in all British territories. British warships patrol the coast of Africa seizing slave ships and freeing slaves. But slavery on the cotton plantations continues until 1865 when slaves are given their freedom and their final journey to equality begins.
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