During his trip to Jamaica, David Cameron was asked to present an apology on behalf of the British for their part in the slave trade. For those who have a opinion on this obviously emotive subject, you could find some or all these details useful in deepening your understanding. I discovered they made a difference . None of these or any other details in any way justify or mitigate the evil of slavery, present or past.
The British sent white British inmates to work as slaves on the plantations in the Caribbean. They were the winners after the Battle of Worcester in the Civil War, The Batle of Sedgemoor in Monmouth’s Rebellion from James II and Jacobites at the 1715 Rebellion.
Slavery was held to be illegal in Britain since it violated the principles of Magna Carta etc. but was considered acceptable in British Overseas Possessions.
Other European countries did so at different dates throughout the Nineteenth Century. Many Asian and Middle Eastern countries postponed its abolition before the Twentieth Century. In Saudi Arabia’s case it was 1974.
Compensation was paid to British slave owners as the Government, and most other people, felt it couldn’t deprive people of their”property” with so.
From the British Empire that the Government had to use power to suppress slavery, since the abolition wasn’t popular with native slave-traders in several locations.
In Jamaica there are a few black and mixed-race women and men who are descended from free folks. There was a short period when the island was left by the Spanish before the British came. Their children were never slaves.
Slavery still exists in many areas. In Britain it is the domain name of people-traffickers. In the Middle East it is deemed to go on illegally in several countries but is practiced in regions controlled by ISIS. The victims are members of minorities.
Personally, I wish the campaigners would focus on freeing current slaves as opposed to keeping old wounds living, given the complexity of the narrative and the difficulty in apportioning blame or credit.