The British only Abolished ‘Slave Trade’ not ‘Slavery’

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Members of the British House of Commons in 1807 knew what they were doing when they abolished the slave trade. Majority of them never wanted slavery to come to an end.

However, they knew that people were becoming more resistant. It is possible that they also wanted to write their name in the good books. Thus the decision to appear to stand against slavery, whereas they knew what they were doing all along.

While slavery referred to the practice or system of owning slaves, there is no doubt that members of the House of Commons who were masters of the English Language knew the difference.

The House of Commons of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled in the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. 

The British only Abolished ‘Slave Trade’ not ‘Slavery’
The British only Abolished ‘Slave Trade’ not ‘Slavery’

In 1807 the British House of Commons made the slave trade illegal. Slavery remained very much legal, according to British law. The law meant that families who owned slaves could continue using the slaves and could them out as a gift.

It is not news that despite the abolition of the slave trade, the trade continues into the 21st Century.

Contrary to what Africans were made to believe, British Laws only officially recognized the abolition of slavery in 1865 after the Emancipation Proclamation that finally freed the American slaves.

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