Thursday, March 10, 2011

Medical log of a slave ship, 1792

Medical or scientific theories about the physical differences between African and European races were used to justify the brutal treatment of slaves. Christopher Bowes was a surgeon on the slave ship Lord Stanley. He kept a daily log of the sickness rates and treatments for the 389 Africans chained on board. Sixteen died during the ship's journey from Africa to Grenada.

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