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SLAVE TRADE, criminal law. The infamous traffic in human flesh, which though not prohibited by the law of nations, is now forbidden by the laws and treaties of most civilized states.
     2. By the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 9, it is provided, that the "migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing (in 1789,) shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the congress, prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight." Previously to that date several laws were enacted, which it is not within the plan of this work to cite at large or to analyze; they are here referred to, namely; act of 1794, c. 11, 1 Story's laws U. S. 319; act of 1800, c. 51, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 780 act of 1803, c. 63, 2 Story's Laws U. S 886; act of 1807, c. 77, 2 Story's Laws U. S. 1050; these several acts forbid citizens of the United States, under certain circumstances, to equip or build vessels for the purpose of carrying on the slave trade, and the last mentioned act makes it highly penal to import slaves into the United States after the first day of January, 1808. The act of 1818, c. 86, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1698 the act of 1819, c. 224, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1752; and the act of 1820, c. 113, 3 Story's Laws U. S. 1798, contain further prohibition of the slave trade, and punish tho violation of their several provisions with the highest penalties of the law. Vide, generally, 10 Wheat. R. 66; 2 Mason, R. 409; 1 Acton, 240; 1 Dodson, 81, 91, 95; 2 Dodson, 238; 6 Mass. R. 358; 2 Cranch, 336; 3 Dall. R. 297; 1 Wash. C. C. Rep. 522; 4 Id. 91; 3 Mason, R. 175; 9 Wheat. R. 391; 6 Cranch, 330; 5 Wheat. R. 338; 8 Id. 380; 10 Id. 312; 1 Kent, Com. 191.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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First, aspiring slave traders had to learn how to effectively trade in human beings relatively fast, as Spaniards' ability to outfit and successfully complete slaving expeditions to Africa paled in comparison to the skills of experienced French and British slavers.
LIVERPOOL'S civic dignitaries have got themselves into a right state over renaming streets called after slave traders. As the city's fortune was based on the trade in the 18th Century, it seems a rather futile and hypocritical way of attempting to rewrite history.
In 1788 he was a witness before the Privy Council investigating the slave trade, and his voice was authoritative--partly because his experience as a slave trader yielded inside knowledge of its atrocities and partly because he had gained notoriety through hymns and other writings (190).
Born of a Susu mother, John Ormond was the son of a wealthy English slave trader from Liverpool.
This poignant exhibition brought to light an entire array of torture and other instruments that slave traders used to tame their slaves.
Accompanied by native guides and interpreters, Kane and Lewthwaite trudged three hours through the bush to meet the Arab slave trader, Adam El Haj, who claimed the abduction of children was organized by the government and that he had freed 473 slaves -- mostly women and children -- from slave owners, returning them to their families for five cows or the cash equivalent.
Chapters on John Corrantee, the most dominant mid-eighteenth century Fante leader at Annamaboe, and Richard Brew, an Irishman who grew wealthy as a private slave trader, built himself an imposing house ("Castle Brew"), and married Corrantee's daughter, illustrate how two prominent figures helped link the port to the wider Atlantic World.
John Newton, blasphemer and cruel slave trader, experienced a furious storm at sea and desperately prayed for divine mercy.
Before they can seize the magical goblet, they are captured by corrupt slave trader Jarl, who helps the cup to find its way into Morgause's hands.
CONTROVERSY surrounds the unveiling of a plaque honouring the memory of a slave trader responsible for the barbaric deaths of hundreds of captives.
LIVERPOOL'S famous Penny Lane-immortalised by The Beatles' song - is probably named after notorious slave trader James Penny.
Before he took to acting he was a policeman, a slave trader and a spy.