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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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Indian Ocean Slavery in the Age of Abolition

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Indian Ocean Slavery in the Age of Abolition

Robert Harms

Yale University Press

Chapter 1 establishes the context for the chapters that follow it. It offers an account of British anti-slavery and anti-slave trading efforts in the Western Indian Ocean in the nineteenth century and why those efforts failed. It describes the clove and ivory booms in the region and the rise of a commercial and cultural zone created by the use of the dhow as a means of maritime transport. The chapter offers three reasons why the British anti-slavery efforts did not meet with the same success as similar endeavors in the transatlantic world: (1) The British anti-slave trade naval squadron was spread too thin; (2) difficulties in enforcing its anti-slave trade policies against the Portuguese and the French; and (3) failures in administering anti-slave trade treaties with the Sultan of Zanzibar. The chapter closes with an outline of the organization and content of the other chapters in the book.

Keywords:   British antislavery, failures, dhow, clove, ivory

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