Cambridge University had slave trade imports, St . study shows

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Peter Kavinsky


The University of Cambridge said its research found no evidence that she ever had slaves or slaves herself. However, it showed that slavery had significant benefits, according to the Reuters agency.

They came from college patrons who profited from the slave trade, from university investments in societies that succumbed to slavery, and from compensation from the families of the plantation owners.

The researchers found that the Cambridge College scholars were involved in slave-trading companies. For example, the university received donations from the investors of this company and invested in one of them itself.

Even the abolitionists should be blamed

First of all, it should be noted that if a famous abolitionist, that is, an activist who pursued the abolition of slavery like William Wilberforce, went to the University of Cambridge and developed his campaign here, their legacy should be fully examined.

Some prominent university professors defended the intellectual foundations of the slave trade. There are so many people in college who are so forgetful, no matter what role they play in slavery.

For example, the statue of William Pitt the Younger, who was prime minister at the end of the 18th century, contains no mention of his efforts to curb abolitionism or the restoration of slavery in Haiti after the revolution there.

Bet and center as compensation

In response to the first, the university announced that the museum will be closed in 2023 under the Slavery and Power Act. The Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology has recommended the return of the bronze Benin bronzes captured from the country that later became part of Nigeria during a violent military campaign in the 19th century. One of the Cambridge colleges in Vritila gave Benin a bronze last year, the same as the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The University of Cambridge has therefore announced that it will build a specialized center for research into children’s heritage, deepen links with universities in the Caribbean and Africa, and provide postgraduate scholarships for British black students and students from Africa and the Caribbean. to increase.

The release comes at a time, according to Reuters, when a number of leading institutions — from the British central bank to the Church of England — are overestimating the central role slavery played in Britain’s enrichment, and how they recovered from its injustice.

In 2020, both institutions apologized for the historic role of their institutions in the slave trade. The Bank of England said in August it was withdrawing artwork depicting former governors associated with slavery.


Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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