This study supports the thesis that slaves were admitted into the Cape colony by the Cape colonial government, even though the government was opposed to slave importation in principle and law. The colonial demand for slaves was at its height after 1795, which forced the government to forgo their anti-slave trade principles and accede to a limited importation of slaves into the colony. The British colonial government’s strict regulation and supervision of slave importation to the Cape, however, led to covert slave importation on the part of Portuguese and British colonial slave merchants. This slave traffic was terminated by the Slave Trade Act (1807). Thereafter, Negro apprenticeship was implemented. Given the covert nature of slave importation, research on slave importation is a tricky task. The history of slave importation is presented from the perspective of official documentation. There is little information on slave merchants. This study is a revision of the history of slave importation to the Cape from 1797-1818. It is also an original contribution to the existing literature on slavery and slave importation. This study provides appendices which contain information on slave boats which passed the Cape from 1797-1818.
|Subject 2||Political science|
|Degree Type||Masters degree|