The British Empire, 1815 - 70. Main characteristics: It was hardly a uniform association; It had no single constitution, religion, language or system of law; The colonies of the empire had very little in common with each other except their link with Britain;. The British Empire in 1815.
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ABOLITION OF SLAVERY.
African slaves were sold to British slave traders in West African ports.
They were transported across the Atlantic by ship in horrific conditions.
Then they were sold in the West Indies or North America at auction to the highest bidder.
In an attempt to prevent foreign slavers taking over from where the British had left, the movement of slaves on the high seas was made an offence in maritime law in 1811.
In 1819 a register of all existing slaves was drawn up by Britain so that any illegal additions could subsequently be traced.
In 1830 2,600 anti-slavery petitions were presented to parliament.
In 1831 there was an unsuccessful uprising by slaves in Jamaica which resulted in 500 deaths.