In 1807 the British parliament passed the Slave Trade Act which formally ended British participation in the African Slave Trade. In an attempt to suppress the African slave trade, starting from 1808, the British Navy’s West Africa Squadron intercepted slave ships bound for the continent of America. In total, 91,491 slaves were found. The table below lists their 20 most common names and their frequencies. There are in fact 85 slaves with ‘Unknown’ listed as their name and 70 slaves were given the name ‘Boy’. This is a reminder of the dehumanization endured by the enslaved.
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