1500-1799 | Slavery

The First Liverpool slave ship sets sail

3 October 1699 On 3 October 1699, the first slave ship set sail from Liverpool. The Liverpool Merchant, under the command of Captain William Webster, sailed down the Mersey headed for the coast of West Africa where she picked up her captive human cargo. In September the following year, Webster sold the 220 Africans who had…

1800-1859 | Famine | Refusing refugees

The Irish famine victims removal and punishment act becomes law

21 June 1847 On this day in 1847, the Poor Law Removal Act became law, allowing municipal authorities in England and Scotland to send any paupers claiming poor relief back to their place of origin with the minimum of legal formalities.¬† It was specifically designed to stem what Lord Brougham in the House of Lords…