Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, by Donald L. Canney

By Donald L. Canney

Donald L. Canney’s research is the 1st book-length background of the U.S. Navy’s Africa Squadron. tested in 1842 to implement the ban on uploading slaves to the us, in 20 years’ time the squadron proved useless. To officials and enlisted males alike, responsibility within the squadron used to be unpopular. The equatorial weather, departmental overlook, and judicial indifference, which allowed slavers again at sea, all contributed to the sailors’ frustration. Later, the main destructive allegation used to be that the squadron had failed at its project. Canney investigates how this unit earned a bad recognition and if it is deserved.

Though U.S. warships seized slave vessels as early as 1800, 4 a long time handed prior to the army tested an everlasting squadron off the western coast of Africa to interdict U.S.-flag vessels engaging during this alternate. Canney strains the Navy’s function in interdicting the slave alternate, nice Britain’s strain at the U.S. executive to lower slave site visitors, the construction of the squadron, and the way person politicians, division secretaries, captains, and squadron commanders interpreted the legislation and orders from better specialists, altering squadron operations. whereas well-known ships and captains served in this station, none gained contrast within the Africa Squadron.

In the ultimate research, the squadron used to be unsuccessful, although it used to be the Navy’s in simple terms everlasting squadron with a selected, congressionally mandated undertaking: to take care of a quasi-blockade on a overseas shore. whereas Canney exonerates southern-born naval captains, who approached their paintings as diligently as their opposite numbers from the north, he demonstrates how the secretaries of the Navy—pro-slavery southern politicians—neglected the squadron.

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