Cambridge University had imports from slave trades, research finds

Cambridge University had imports from slave trades, research finds
Cambridge University had imports from slave trades, research finds

The University of Cambridge said that research it commissioned found no evidence that she ever owned slaves or slaves herself. However, it showed that slavery had significant benefits, according to the Reuters agency.

These came from university patrons who profited from the slave trade, from university investments in societies that succumbed to slavery, and from fees from the families of the plantation owners.

The researchers found that the scholars of the Cambridge colleges were involved in companies that traded in slaves. The university thus received donations from the investors of this company and invested in one of them itself.

Even the abolitionists must be blamed

First of all, it should be noted that if a famous abolitionist, that is, an activist who sought the abolition of slavery, such as William Wilberforce, went to Cambridge University and developed his campaign here, their legacy should be fully explored.

Some prominent university professors defended the intellectual foundations of the slave trade. There are so many people at the university who are so forgetful, it wouldn’t matter what role they played in slavery.

For example, the statue of William Pitt the Younger, who was prime minister at the end of the 18th century, does not contain a single mention of his efforts to curb abolitionism or the restoration of slavery in Haiti after the revolution there.

Inset and center as compensation

In response to the first, the university stated that the museum will be closed in 2023 under the Slavery and Power Act. The Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology has recommended that its Benin bronzes, which were taken during a violent military campaign in the 19th century from the country that later became part of Nigeria, be returned. One of the Cambridge colleges in Vritila last year gave Benin bronze, the same as the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The University of Cambridge has thus announced that it will build a specialized center for research on children’s heritage, deepen ties with universities in the Caribbean and Africa, and increase postgraduate scholarships for British black students as well as students from Africa and the Caribbean.

The publication, according to Reuters, comes at a time when a number of leading institutions – from the British central bank to the Church of England – are overestimating the central role that slavery played in the enrichment of Britain, and how they recovered from its injustice.

In 2020, both institutions apologized for their institutions’ historical role in the slave trade. The Bank of England said in August that it was withdrawing artwork depicting former governors linked to slavery.

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