By Donald L. Canney
Though U.S. warships seized slave vessels as early as 1800, 4 a long time handed prior to the army tested an enduring squadron off the western coast of Africa to interdict U.S.-flag vessels engaging during this exchange. Canney strains the Navy’s position in interdicting the slave alternate, nice Britain’s strain at the U.S. govt to slash slave site visitors, the production of the squadron, and the way person politicians, division secretaries, captains, and squadron commanders interpreted the legislation and orders from better professionals, altering squadron operations. whereas well-known ships and captains served in this station, none received contrast within the Africa Squadron.
In the ultimate research, the squadron was once unsuccessful, although it used to be the Navy’s merely everlasting squadron with a selected, congressionally mandated undertaking: to keep up a quasi-blockade on a international 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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Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842-1861 by Donald L. Canney