The African Squadron

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division

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The African Squadron

The African Squadron, which started operating in 1820, patrolled the waters off the coast of Africa in an attempt to stop the slave trade at its source. Five vessels were dispatched in 1820. The Squadron was ineffective and only seized about two dozens slave ships, mostly in its last two years of operation. The slavers it caught were either not prosecuted by the American courts or were released without punishment.

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  2. Introduction
  3. The Slave Trade and the Revolution
  4. The Slave Trade and the Constitution
  5. Regulating the Trade
  6. The Act of 1807
  7. The Act of 1818
  8. The Act of 1819
  9. The Act of 1820
  10. Bibliography

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