Anno Decimo Tertio Georgii Regis. An Act to Enable the South-Sea Company, with the Licence and Consent of the East-India Company, to Take in Negroes Within their Limits of Trade, and to Deliver the Same at Buenos Ayres

Anno Decimo Tertio Georgii Regis. An Act to Enable the South-Sea Company, with the Licence and Consent of the East-India Company, to Take in Negroes Within their Limits of Trade, and to Deliver the Same at Buenos Ayres

Parliament; Great Britain; George I

London : Printed by John Baskett ... and Thomas Norris, assignee to George Hills, 1727


[British Slavery Act / South Sea Company]. Folio, 29 cm. Modern 1/4 cloth over blue boards, paper spine label. 4 leaves, pages (390)-395(1). Minor toning. Enacted as 13 Geo. I, c. 8.  

Under the Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain was barred from creating slave markets in Africa.  After the treaty of Utrecht, Britain gained the Asiento Company (Assiento) concession for 30 years.  After the creation of the South Sea Company in 1711, British merchants established slave markets in Cartagena, Colombia, Veracruz, Mexico, Panama, Portobello, La Guaira, Buenos Aires, La Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Jamaica and Barbados.  The frenzied speculative boom and subsequent spectacular collapse of the bubble in 1720 resulted in greater regulatory requirements from the British crown.  This act permitted the Asiento company to collect slaves ("negroes") from Madagascar (under the control of the East India Company) to be sent for sale in Buenos Ayres.  Between 1715 and 1739, slave trading constituted the main legal commercial activity of the South Sea Company.  During this period 30,000 slaves were imported from Africa by the company.

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