oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - The role of the vice-admiralty court at St Helena in the abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade : a preliminary investigation (part 1)

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



St Helena is known, foremost, as a place of incarceration. However, the island has also been a place of liberation. This contribution seeks to cast some light on the role played by the Vice-Admiralty Court of St Helena during the nineteenth century in the liberation of African slaves taken from captured slave ships and brought to the island. The Court played a significant part despite, or maybe because of, the island's sheer isolation and extreme remoteness.

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