Was 1807 really the end of the slave trade?

This lesson sequence for year 8/9 students was written by Jennifer Gridley from Brentside High School in Ealing.

Overall enquiry question

Should 1807 really be celebrated as the end of the slave trade?

Learning objectives

  • investigate the role of the West Africa Squadron in combating the illicit slave trade after 1807
  • evaluate the success of attempts to suppress the slave trade after 1807
  • use historical evidence to test hypotheses and reach conclusions
  • decide whether 1807 actually marked the end of the transatlantic slave trade


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