I thought the museum did it's best in trying to illustrate what a cruel and abhorrent practice slave trading was. It's difficult to illustrate an aspect of human behaviour which really created nothing positive to leave behind it and it's hard to imagine what else the museum could have put in it's cases and dioramas. If the museum failed it is in just one regard and that is to show just how beneficial slavery was to Britain as a whole. Liverpool ships didn't sail to West Africa empty. They carried the exports which made this country wealthy. Textiles from the mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Pots, pans, axes, guns, shovels and stoneware from the Midlands. The return journey brought sugar, spices, rum and tobacco from the Caribbean to feed the growing domestic market. Then there were the ship builders, the accountants, the insurance underwriters etc, who all did rather well from the trade. It tainted everyone.
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