1500-1799 | Slavery

Bristol celebrates the defeat of Britain’s first anti-slavery bill

19 April 1791 Today in 1791, the House of Commons, many of its members having investments in the slaving business and the West Indies plantations, overwhelmingly rejected a bill proposed by William Wilberforce, to outlaw the slave trade. The margin of the defeat was substantial at 163 to 88, almost two to one.1 Within hours,…