Fowell Buxton
The African slave trade and its remedy
John Murray
De la traite des esclaves en Afrique, et des moyens d'y remédier [...] traduit de l'anglais sur la seconde édition par J.J. Pacaud (Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1840). French. Der afrikanische Sklavenhandel und seine Abhülfe (Leipzig: F.U. Brodhaus, 1841). German.
Abolition Campaigns
Anti-Slavery International, 'Recovered Histories' collection. Friends House Library, London. Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, University of London. British Library. Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Kongelige Bibliotek, Danmark.
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Slave Trade Africa Europe Commerce Free Civilization Missions Christianity
Buxton's influential book was a catalyst for renewed European imperial interest in exploration, missionaryism and commerce in Africa from the mid-nineteenth century, functioning as a prospectus for his newly established Society for the Extinction of the Slave Trade and for the Civilization of Africa. He argues that the most effectual means of suppressing the still profitable African slave trade is through "the legitimate commerce and the agricultural cultivation of Africa" (6), making Africa a "confederate" against the slave trade (8) with treaties, and encouraging "the civilization of the continent" (279) through trade with Europe and religious instruction.
A version of the early chapters of this book, was published in 1839.