Enlightenment, Scientific Exploration and Abolitionism: Anders Sparrman's and Carl Bernhard Wadström's Colonial Encounters in Senegal, 1787–1788 and the British Abolitionist Movement

@article{Rnnbck2013EnlightenmentSE,
  title={Enlightenment, Scientific Exploration and Abolitionism: Anders Sparrman's and Carl Bernhard Wadstr{\"o}m's Colonial Encounters in Senegal, 1787–1788 and the British Abolitionist Movement},
  author={K. R{\"o}nnb{\"a}ck},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  year={2013},
  volume={34},
  pages={425 - 445}
}
By the late eighteenth century, leading British abolitionists credited two Swedish scholars – Anders Sparrman and Carl Bernhard Wadström – with important contributions to the breakthrough of the British abolitionist movement. After witnessing the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade during a journey to Senegal, both scholars came to be explicit critics of this trade. In this article, I argue that the two Swedes contributed to the abolitionist cause particularly because of their status as… Expand
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