Prospect of Bense Island and Fort, from Smith.Bense Island. Negro House at Sierra Leona.
A map and two two views of Bunce Island, a British slave fort on the Sierra Leone river, twenty miles upstream from Freetown. Raised about 1670 by the Royal African Company, it was one of the chief suppliers of slaves to the rice industry in the British colonies of South Carolina and Georgia. The banning of the slave trade in 1807 made the fort uneconomic and it was abandoned in 1840. During the negotiations for the Treaty of Paris, ending the American War of Independence in 1783, one of the British delegates was Richard Oswald, one of the owners of Bunce Island; on the American delegation was Henry Laurens, a wealthy rice planter and slave dealer, Bunce Island's business agent in Charleston. From John Green's 'A new general collection of voyages and travels; consisting of the most esteemed relations, which have been hitherto published in any language; comprehending everything remarkable in its kind, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America'.
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