Lord Mayor of Bristol removes portrait of slave trader from office

Lord Mayor of Bristol removes portrait of slave trader from office

Edward Colston was born to a wealthy merchant family in Bristol, 1636.

After working as an apprentice at a livery company he began to explore the shipping industry and started up his own business.

He later joined the Royal African Company and rose up the ranks to Deputy Governor.

The Company had complete control of Britain’s slave trade, as well as its gold and Ivory business, with Africa and the forts on the coast of west Africa.

Colston, left, a statue of him in Bristol, and right, a portrait, was deputy of of the Royal Africa Company which transported 80,000 slaves from Africa to the Caribbean and America

During his tenure at

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