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Prince Charles describes era of “slave trade” as shameful

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles has described Slave Trade as shameful and hopes it doesn’t recur.

The British royal says “Britain can be proud that it led the way in the abolition of this shameful trade”.

He however says Britain must “have a shared responsibility to ensure that the abject horror of slavery is never forgotten”.

Prince Charles was speaking to a gathering in Ghana’s capital Accra where he has been touring with his wife, Camilla.

Prince Charles says Britain also has a role to play to “robustly promote and defend the values which today make it incomprehensible for most of us that human beings could ever treat each other with such utter inhumanity” referring to the slave trade.

Abolishment of slave trade

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The slave trade was established as early as the mid-17th century. Trading ships would set sail from Europe with a cargo of manufactured goods to the west coast of Africa.

Britain outlawed slavery in 1833 but it was abolished in the USA after the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War in 1865.

Despite that the transatlantic trade in African slaves continued. The main market for the slaves was Brazil, where slavery was not abolished until 1888.

The Atlantic slave trade or transatlantic slave trade involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas.

Royal Visit to Africa

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The British royal couple will conclude their tour of West Africa in Nigeria this week.

They started the tour last week from Gambia which recently re-joined the commonwealth.

Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Photo: AFP

Prince Charles was recently elected to succeed the Queen of England as head of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth has 53 member states who are all former colonists of Britain.

Member countries of the Commonwealth with some 2.4 billion people are hoping to network towards advancing their developments.





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