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February 28, 2010


Of course, there is not just a little touch of pomposity and ignorance in Sydney Smith's pronouncement in 1818. While it's true that Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807, the practice of slavery itself was permitted in the Empire until 1833, when the Slavery Abolition Act was passed. Furthermore, "as a notable exception to the rest of the British Empire, the Act did not 'extend to any of the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company, or to the Island of Ceylon, or to the Island of Saint Helena.'" Read more here.

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