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Political Apologies and Reparations Document List Details

'My ancestor traded in human misery'

Author: Mario Cacciottolo
Source: BBC (Link)
Date: 23 June 2006
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Document Type: Press
Donor: Andrew Hawkins Event Date: ca. 1450-1850
Recipient: Africa,African Americans Reparation Date: 23 June 2006

"Between 1450 and 1850, it is estimated that at least 12 million Africans and probably many more were shipped from Africa across the Atlantic Ocean, primarily to colonies in North America, South America, and the West Indies ... A further 20 million slaves are estimated to have been exported to other parts of the world, in particular the Middle East and North Africa, over a similar time period."


Andrew Hawkins, descendent of British slave traders, travelled to Gambia to attend the International Roots Festival, where he apologised to thousands of Africans for his family's role in the perpetuation of slavery.