Freedom has been central to the identity of the City of London for centuries. But from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth centuries, the African Slave Trade and Plantation Slavery in the Americas were key to London’s banking, insurance, shipping, manufacturing, commodity trades with Europe, gold and silver supply in London, and later merchant banks like Barings, Schroeder and Kleinwort.
The City also benefited from the end of Slavery, as compensated emancipation liberated a flood of liquid capital and provided a £500,000 per annum income stream to its funders.
Professor Richard Drayton will be giving a Gresham College public lecture on "Slavery and the City of London" on October 28, 2019 6-7PM. All Gresham College lectures are free and open to all, but one has to register . Please click here for more details.