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Indian Ocean Slavery in the Age of Abolition$
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Robert Harms, Bernard K Freamon, and David W. Blight

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300163872

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300163872.001.0001

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“If You Catch Me Again at It, Put Me to Death”

“If You Catch Me Again at It, Put Me to Death”

Slave Trading, Paper Trails, and British Bureaucracy in the Indian Ocean

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(p.120) 7 “If You Catch Me Again at It, Put Me to Death”
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Indian Ocean Slavery in the Age of Abolition
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Mandana E. Limbert

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300163872.003.0007

This chapter recounts the capture of the slave ship Yasmeen by the HMS Vulture. Documents from the capture illuminate details concerning the journey of the slaves and slave ships across the Indian Ocean, transactions conducted by slave dealers, British actions during capture, liberation of the slaves and prosecution of the ship, bureaucracy before the vice-admiralty court, and integration of the slaves into non-slave economic and commercial life, or lack thereof. British opposition to the slave trade, fueled in part by public attention generated by reports and memoirs, as well as the legal environment created by two Anglo-Omani treaties, did not necessarily translate into care for the slaves. The documents show that most slaves on board were women and children, and that 6 slaves died after capture, though there is scarce detail as to how. Ultimately, more information is gained on the suppression of the trade than the trade itself.

Keywords:   Yasmeen, HMS Vulture, vice-admiralty courts, Anglo-Omani, treaties, women and children

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