A fascinating article from St John’s College in Cambridge detailing how surviving archives in their collections can shed light on the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the 18th century:
Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century Transatlantic Slave Trade have been made available to researchers and the public.
Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century, which provide
a distressing reminder of the powerful business interests that sustained one of the darkest chapters in British history, are to be made available to researchers and the public by St John’s College Library.
The collection contains the business exchanges of an 18th century English landowner, William Philip Perrin, who ran a sugar plantation near Kingston, Jamaica. In it, Perrin and his correspondents discussed in callously practical terms the human cargo that was being shipped to the West Indies at the height of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a time when the equivalent of millions of pounds were changing hands as slaves were bought and sold.
See more and read the full article at: http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/price-britain%E2%80%99s-slave-trade-revealed#sthash.mWA7gHLW.dpuf