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Compensation return

Compensation return


Compensation return for William Weare of Bristol for 37 slaves in his possession on 1st August 1834.

The Abolition, or end, of slavery happened in 1834.

The slave owners and their supporters accepted the loss of their property (slaves) in return for compensation (money) from the government. £20 million was paid to slave owners by the British government, as compensation for this loss. Slave owners in Bristol received over £500,000 (worth about £25 million today); a vast sum at that time.

Date: 1st August 1834

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

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