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A small collection of letters written by that most famous of English naturalists, Charles Darwin. The letters cover subjects such as his marriage, his time at Cambridge, his 'Voyage of the Beagle', and his return to England.
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gils0411/06/2020 00:53

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Yes indeed. My point was that Darwin lived in an age where the opportunity and desire to buy and own slaves was now very low, and outlawed in the UK itself. 100 years or even 50 previously and he may well have done.
xenophon11/06/2020 02:46

Yes indeed. My point was that Darwin lived in an age where the opportunity …Yes indeed. My point was that Darwin lived in an age where the opportunity and desire to buy and own slaves was now very low, and outlawed in the UK itself. 100 years or even 50 previously and he may well have done.



My parents come from an ex British slave trading post. It was "discovered" by the Dutch in the 1600s who enslaved the indigenous people. It was then taken over by the French in 1715 who brought slaves from all over the world to make it one of the most efficient slave trading operations. It was then "won" by Britain in the 1815 Treaty of Paris who continued slavery for 50 odd years until it was outlawed. The slave masters were British sugar cane plantation owners who lived in the comfort of the Britain and never saw the plight of their slaves. All this happened well after 1807.
gils0411/06/2020 02:57

My parents come from an ex British slave trading post. It was "discovered" …My parents come from an ex British slave trading post. It was "discovered" by the Dutch in the 1600s who enslaved the indigenous people. It was then taken over by the French in 1715 who brought slaves from all over the world to make it one of the most efficient slave trading operations. It was then "won" by Britain in the 1815 Treaty of Paris who continued slavery for 50 odd years until it was outlawed. The slave masters were British sugar cane plantation owners who lived in the comfort of the Britain and never saw the plight of their slaves. All this happened well after 1807.


Yes, I understand, that is certainly interesting. I just think by Darwin's time it was very unlikely he would have done so, unless slaves had been passed down to him. The 1807 act, although not outlawing the practice, made trading illegal. Of course that didn't make it impossible but certainly made it difficult to buy slaves in the mid 1800's when he was an adult. Then the cultural shift that took place and made it far less acceptable, adds up to it being very unlikely that Darwin would have done so during his lifetime.

I admire Darwin a lot but I wouldn't give him too much credit for not owning slaves. As I said, if he had been born 50 years, certainly 100 years before and hadn't, then fair enough.
Edited by: "xenophon" 11th Jun
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