For most enslaved people in British North America, however, the Act resulted only in partial liberation, as it only emancipated children under the age of six, while others were to be retained by their former owners for four to six years as apprentices.
Clearly, the campaign to abolish enslavement did not end in Passed by the local Legislative Assemblyit was the first legislation to outlaw the slave trade in a part of the British Empire.
Prior to the act ofthe abolition movement began to gain momentum a number of years earlier in with the Mansfield case. Main points of the Act Slavery was officially abolished in most of the British Empire on 1 August Anti-slavery treaties were signed with over 50 African rulers.
Abolition The case against enslavement had several arguments: the moral argument: enslavement is wicked, un-Christian the economic argument: enslavement is expensive and inefficient the legal argument: enslavement is illegal under British law problems in the plantations: enslaved people continued to resist enslavement and would not be suppressed The campaign to abolish enslavement was the first popular peaceful mass protest movement of modern times.
The slave ship would be sent from Britain to the markets on the African coast, and be docked there for some time whilst the crew waited for enough slaves to be brought to the market for purchase before eventually setting sail to the Caribbean.
Chambers's edition, p.