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When was slavery abolished in Britain and the British Overseas Territories?
In the year 1834

When did slavery end in the USA?
In the year 1863

Why was the slave trade nicknamed the “Triangle Trade”?

Between 1500 and 1888 over 12 million Africans were taken from their homes and sold into slavery. Most of the slaves ended up in the Americas, including the Caribbean.

The barbaric activity of the slave trade became known as the “Triangle Trade” as the slave routes used crossed three continents Europe – Africa – The Americas in the shape of a triangle.

Does slavery still happen?
Yes. One example of a recent slave is Mende Nazer from Sudan. She was enslaved until 2000 in Sudan and England. She will be the key note speaker at the International Slavery and Emancipation Conference being held in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos from October 25- 28

Where are the Turks and Caicos Islands?
575 miles South East of Miami, below the Bahamas and North of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Who was Mary Prince?
Mary Prince was a slave who lived on Grand Turk for 10 years. Her story was published in 1831 and was used by the anti-slavery movement in England to persuade the British Government to abolish all slavery.

Where would you find a settlement called Bambara other than the ‘Bambarra’ settlement in Middle Caicos?
Chad and Mali in Africa. It is for this reason that researchers believe Bambarra in Middle Caicos was established by Trouvadore survivors

What was the main industry of the Turks Islands in the 1800s – Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
Salt

What was the main industry of the Caicos Islands in the 1700s?
Cotton

What was the main industry of South Caicos in the mid to late 1800s?
Salt. Salt production began in 1842 for the first time on this island and for this reason researchers believe some of the Trouvadore survivors were sent here.

How many people survived the shipwreck Trouvadore?
193 plus 20 crew members. Therefore 213 people survived the wrecking

Where were the survivors of Trouvadore from?
Africa. It is hoped that researchers will find out exactly where they came from in Africa. The crew were Spanish and Portuguese

In the first letter found about Trouvadore, written by George Gibbs in 1878, what was the ship called?
Esperanza. In fact Esperanza wrecked in 1837 and all 192 survivors were shipped directly to Nassau.Over 100 Africans died either during the crossing or during the wrecking.