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Phillis Wheatley - Americas - 1773: Wheatley was the first black woman to publish a book. Born in Senegambia, she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and transported to North America. She was purchased by a family who taught her to read and write and encouraged her poetry. The publication of her "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" brought her fame in both England and the American Colonies. #womens #history #medieval era #black #women #authors


Indigenous slavery began with Christopher Columbus and slowly made its way up the coast long before the arrival of the Mayflower.


Sir John Hawkins-England's first slave trader The English chapter in the history of African slavery began in Plymouth and is remembered every year. Each year, African Remembrance Day pays homage to the millions of Africans who perished during 500 years of enslavement.

Harewood House is a country house in Harewood near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Designed by architects John Carr & Robert Adam, it was built between 1759 & 1771 for wealthy trader Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood, whose family had bought the estate after making its fortune in the West Indies through Customs positions, slave trading, & lending money to planters. Still home to the Lascelles family, much of the furniture is by the 18th-century English furniture designer Thomas Chippendale


One thing that is largely overlooked in the history of America is the fact that there were white European slaves. came here, not of there own free will, but kidnapped, shanghaied, impressed, duped, beguiled, and yes, in chains. Yes it is true, there was white slavery--even here in America. This was not only in the country's infancy, but lasted until the end of the Civil War when all slaves were freed.


Five Englishmen escaping slavery from Algiers, Barbary Coast, 1684. From the 16th to the 19th centuries it is estimated that between 1 million and 1.25 million Europeans were captured by Barbary pirates and Barbary Slave Traders and sold as slaves. Barbary pirates were based on that coast of North Africa – what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Reports of Barbary raids and kidnappings of those in France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.


portrait of Queen Charlotte Sophia by Allan Ramsay, ca.1770. Oxford College, Anon II PD05. Well, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand, if only the past could talk!

from the Guardian

Hidden histories: the first black people photographed in Britain – in pictures


Charlotte was born in May 1744, and was directly descended from the fifth king of Portugal, Afonso III, who had a son with an African Moorish woman, Madalena Gil


Beginning in the 1700's, the Irish were evicted by greedy landlords, which were primarily English, living in England. Once the famine began, the evictions became rampant, leaving the Irish homeless in their own land.