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Aboard the slave ship Wildfire
"Aboard a Slave Ship"

In 1807 the British Parliament outlawed the international slave trade, and in early 1808 the United States followed England's lead. To enforce the new laws, Britain and the United States jointly patrolled the coast of Africa. On May 22, 1829 a slave ship was intercepted at sea. The Reverend Robert Walsh was there and left the following eyewitness account of the incident. Walsh was appalled at the conditions in which the slaves were being kept onboard. They were even worse than that depicted here in this etching of the slave ship Wildfire, based on a daguerreotype taken in Key West in 1860.

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