African Observer Volume 1

African Observer Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ...to clmg to the slave trade by means of her African islands, even after the separation of Brazil, have happily led Mr. Canning to search more particularly into her existing compacts with this country. An able and luminous note has been the consequence of this inquiry, in which, after specifying the various compacts and negotiations between the two states, from 1810 to the present time, he shows it to be "a distinct engagement" entered into by the contracting parties, "that they shall not permit their flag, to be used for the slave trade, except for supplying the transatlantic possessions of Portugal." He then proceeds: --"It is quite clear, that the Cape de Verds, Princes, and St. Thomas's islands are not transatlantic. The supply of these possessions with slaves is, therefore, not permitted; and by the royal passport under treaty forbidding a slave ship to touch at any intermediate port between the legal spot of the embarkation of her cargo and the spot of their ultimate destination, it is equally clear that slave ships touching at these islands for any purpose whatever short of imminent distress, are liable to confiscation. "By the tenor of the arguments of the Portuguese negotiators, from the date of the treaty of alliance, in 1810, down to that of 1817, and by the plain inference to be drawn from its words, the terms 'Transatlantic Possessions of Portugal must be held to designate the Brazils. "As Portugal has no longer possession of the Brazils, she has no longer any possession for the supply of which, by treaty, the slave trade was permitted; and all vessels under her flag now trading for slaves, must be trading to places outside of the line which she has drawn for herself in this respect, and are obviously...show more

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236576381
  • 9781236576385