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Remarkable Facts

· In 1462 Pope Pius II declared baptized Africans should not be enslaved. Columbus never saw North America. He visited many Caribbean islands and the northeastern tip of South America, as well as the Eastern coast of Central America, but never the mainland.

· The father of Olaudah Equiano, one of the most famous former slaves and leading abolitionists, kept slaves.

· An English surgeon thought that two thirds of deaths on the journey were due to melancholy - people captured in slavery just willed themselves to die.

· A Sonyo prince from the Congo region was captured whereupon the Sonyo people refused to trade anymore with the Dutch; he was returned with apologies.

· In 1726 the King of Dahomey suggested Europeans should establish plantations in his kingdom - he would supply the slaves.

· One of the few successful on ship slave rebellions took place in 1840 on the Amistad.

· In 1930, the Liberian government was accused by the League of Nations of using forced labour to carry out public works.