Africa, the arrival of Europeans and the transatlantic slave trade

Pepper shaker

Made in Bristol, about 1780
Blue glass and silver

Object number 6.36/34
Given by Francis Buckley, 1936

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Pepper shaker

Even before the transatlantic slave trade, African traders exchanged precious commodities such as ivory and pepper for European goods such as textiles, brass and guns. These trading links were exploited when the British began to demand slave labour to work on the plantations of the Americas. This shaker was made in Bristol, one of the major centres of the British slave trade, and is an example of the city's well-known 'Bristol blue glass'.

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