Slavery and Bristol's ‘golden age’

  title={Slavery and Bristol's ‘golden age’},
  author={David Richardson},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  pages={35 - 54}
  • D. Richardson
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • History, Economics
  • Slavery & Abolition
Bristol's eighteenth century ‘golden age’ has conventionally been linked to the rise of slavery in British America after 1660. This paper seeks to add substance to this linkage by exploring Bristol's involvement in the Atlantic slave trade, without which slavery in the Americas could not have developed to the level it did, and goes on to explore the impact of slave trafficking and the trades in slave-produced goods such as sugar and tobacco on income levels in the city in the 1780s. It suggests… 

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