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Bad History - 1781, The Zong Massacre

Other | Tuesday 9th February 2016 | Felix

 

133 enslaved Africans were thrown overboard after the crew made navigational mistakes and ran low on water. The slaves had been insured as cargo and the Liverpool-based ship owners tried to claim compensation for ‘lost stock’ when they reached Black River, Jamaica.

 

The Zong case became an important moment in the British freedom movement and features heavily in the 2013 British film, Belle, which looks at race in the 18th century.

 

 

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Felix

 

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