Slavery Timeline 1801-1900
A Chronology of Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation
This page will, over time, develop into a detailed timeline of the main historical, literary, and cultural events connected with British slavery, abolition, and emancipation between 1801 and 1900. It also includes references to the most significant events taking place outside of the British zone of influence. At the start of the nineteenth century Britain abolished her slave trade. Slavery itself was abolished in British colonies in the 1830s. After this the Royal Navy played a prominent part in suppressing slavery around the world. This seemingly enlightened approach strongly contrasted with British activity elsewhere: she consolidated her position as the foremost imperial power, formalised her empire, and added significantly to her colonial possessions in Africa and Asia. Click on a date in the list below, or scroll down the page, for information. Links are given to pages on this website only. For my sources and for further reading, look at the page Further Reading: Slavery, Abolition, and Emancipation.
* This page last updated 9 April 2003 *