Abolition of the Slave Trade 1807

Royal Mail commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act 1807, which led to The Abolition the Slave Trade, with a series of six stamps.

The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was the successful culmination of many years tireless campaigning by the Abolitionist movement. The growth of Abolitionism began in Britain towards the end of the eighteenth century and ultimately produced one of the most successful reform movements in history.

The Abolition of the Slave Trade issue features six stamps, issued in se-tenant pairs, which combine contemporary portraits of key individuals from the Abolition movement, set against backgrounds linked to their work. Eighteenth-century Britain dominated the transatlantic slave trade. In that century some 11,000 slaving voyages were undertaken by British ships carrying more than 3 million Africans across the seas to a life of servitude. In the second half of the century concern about the trade and treatment of African people started to become a social issue and the Abolition Movement grew.

Date of issue: 22 March 2007

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