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Anthony Benezet Born

Birth of Anthony Benezet in St. Quentin, France. Benezet would go on to be one of the most important Quaker abolitionists of the mid-eighteenth century.

Spain Gives Britain Control of Slave Trade

Spain awards the British South Sea Company the Asiento de Negros for thirty years – effectively giving Britain control of the Atlantic slave trade. The South Sea Company works with the Royal African Company to transport tens of thousands of enslaved people across the Atlantic in the coming decades.

Quaker Yearly Meeting

The Quaker Yearly Meeting in London writes to Friends in Pennsylvania telling them that slave trading ‘is not a Commendable nor allowed Practice’, but little action follows.

Treaty of Utrecht

The Treaty of Utrecht ended the War of the Spanish Succession.

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