1783- Zong slave ship trial


Hearing arguments in the case of the Zong, a slave ship, the Chief Justice of the King’s Bench in London states that a massacre of enslaved African “was the same as if Horses had been thrown over board” on June 22, 1783. The crew of the Zong had thrown at least 142 captive Africans into the sea, but the question before the court was not who had committed this atrocity but rather whether the lost “cargo” was covered by insurance. The trial laid bare the horror and inhumanity of the Atlantic slave trade and galvanized the nascent movement to abolish it.

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Zong slave ship trial

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HISTORY

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https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/zong-slave-ship-trial

Access Date

June 21, 2022

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A&E Television Networks

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June 21, 2021

Original Published Date

June 10, 2020