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Weʼre raising £70,000 to build a memorial to the West Africa Squadron

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In 1807 Britain was the first country to ban the evil trade of slavery. We used the power of the Royal Navy, in the shape of the West Africa Squadron, to enforce that ban. From 1807 - 1867 the West Africa Squadron seized over 1600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans who were destined for a life of slavery in North America or Brazil.

The cost to Britain was the lives of nearly 1600 Royal Navy sailors and financially 2% of the UK's total GDP. So Britain was the first nation to ban slavery, we used our own ships, men and money to enforce this ban globally.

The planned memorial, to be based in Portsmouth, will remember the sailors who gave their lives to free slaves and it will commemorate the fact that Britain was the first nation to ban slavery.

You can view more information about the project on our website.

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  • colin kemp3 days ago
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    3 days ago

    We have just had a £500 donation from the great great grandson of a cook who served on one of the ships in the squadron. He was pleased to be able to celebrate his relatives service.

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  • colin kemp4 days ago
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    4 days ago

    We have recently updated our website to feature a new "Education" page, which outlines our commitment to ongoing campaigning for the inclusion of the study of the history of the West Africa Squadron to the National Curriculum in the United Kingdom. Ultimately, we want to do everything we can to ensure that the sterling efforts and heroic sacrifices made by the Royal Navy between 1807-1867 are remembered by future generations. Read more here: https://westafricasquadron.org/education/

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  • colin kemp16 days ago
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    16 days ago

    We are thrilled to share the exciting news that our campaign to build a memorial to the brave members of the West Africa Squadron has achieved an important milestone! To date, we have received £50,000 from our kind donors, including a fantastic gift of £25,000 from the Right Honourable Lord Ashcroft. This translates to 71% of our target of £70,000 to complete the project, and we couldn't have done it without your fantastic input so far!

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  • Robert Ambler

    Robert Ambler

    Feb 27, 2024

    £100.00

  • W.L.S.

    W.L.S.

    Feb 26, 2024

    My 2x Great Grandfather Served aboard on HMS Niger (Commander L.G. Heath) on her first Commission On the West Coast of Africa Squadron. He was the Ship's Cook.

    £500.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 21, 2024

    £50.00

  • Jackie Pearson

    Jackie Pearson

    Feb 19, 2024

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 15, 2024

    £50.00

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    Feb 14, 2024

  • David Moores

    David Moores

    Feb 14, 2024

    A necessary reminder of a much overlooked part of British history.

    £30.00

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