When the abolitionist Granville Sharpe bought land in Sierra Leone to 'repatriate' freed slaves, one former slave living in London foresaw trouble. 'Is it possible', asked Ottobah Cugoano, biblically, 'that a fountain should send forth sweet water and bitter?' Could the slave trade be abolished from West Africa when West Africa was its source?
The story of the British Navy squadron that patrolled the West African coast to stop the slave ships, after Britain passed the Abolition Act.
Author: Sian Rees
Title: Sweet Water and Bitter: The Ships That Stopped the Slave Trade
First Published by: Chatto & Windus
Date: 5 February 2009