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Zetetic Elench dam Kahveh (Golden Rainbow)

Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 10:16 am Click here to edit this post
Just Spock: "But please do not say the goal of expanding British empire is to eliminate slave trade."

As shocking as it sounds, it was true. It wasn't our only reason, but one of the aims of expanding the Empire into East Africa was to cut off the supply of slaves sent up the coast to the Middle East. Livingstone explored the area intending to convert the region to Christianity and British commerce, and was shocked to discover that the slave trade was still thriving.

It was this combination of Commerce, Civilisation and Christianity which drove the expansion of the Empire in the latter half of the 19th Century. Initially, our abolition of the slave trade was entirely political (perhaps associated with the loss of the American colonies) and we were the only country with a navy strong enough to enforce abolition. Fifty years later, a large evangelical movement in Britain had made abolition of slavery a moral cause, tightly bound up with missionary projects throughout the Empire.

I am not an apologist for the British Empire. We did some appalling things (including trying to spread Christianity throughout the world, which lead to considerable bloodshed), but it was not ALL bad.

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