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Slaver Captain

This rare account of the African slave trade, told by one who captained slave ships in the mid eighteenth century, presents a remarkably truthful picture of the human cruelty and barbarity that characterised the trade.
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Author: Newton, John
ISBN: 9781848320796

This rare account of the African slave trade, told by one who captained slave ships in the mid eighteenth century, presents a remarkably truthful picture of the human cruelty and barbarity that characterised the trade.

John Newton, now best remembered as the author of the hym 'Amazng Graze' was, during the early years of his life, occupied in the Atlantic slave trade. Though 'bred to the sea', his early career was a chequered one. Pressed into the Royal Navy, he was soon flogged round the fleet for attempting to escape. After this humiliation he was placed in service on a trade ship bound for Sierra Leone, but there, having upset his captain, he found himself the servant of the merchant's wife, an African who abused him as badly as her slaves.

In 1748 he was rescued and it was on his voyage home that he experienced a spiritual conversion, but while now avoiding profanity, women, gambling and drinking he continued in the slave trade, first as a mate bound for the West Indies and then as a captain on threee further voyages. Only later in life, having embraced the cause of abolition, did he finally, and explicitly, describe the horrifying nature of the African slave trade, and his recollections, published here, represent almost the only authentic seaman's account of the most harrowing of trades.

Publication date: 17 Dec 2010
Hardback