Item #17219 African Squadron, the 1850s Black US Navy Unit that Fought the Slave Traders of West Africa. Commander A. H. Foote African Squadron, U. S. N.

African Squadron, the 1850s Black US Navy Unit that Fought the Slave Traders of West Africa

First Edition

African Squadron 1855 First Edition. Ashburton Treaty / Consular Sea Letters, by Commander A.H. Foote, U.S.Navy. The Africa Squadron was a unit of the United States Navy that operated from 1819 to 1861 in the Blockade of Africa to suppress the slave trade along the coast of West Africa. Although technically coordinated with a British West Africa Squadron based in Sierra Leone, in practice the American contingent worked on its own. The African Squadron / Ashburton Treaty / Consular Sea Letters. By Commander A.H. Foote, U.S.Navy. Published: William F Geddes, Philadelphia, 1855. 16 pages. Original string-tied binding. Last page states; "We cannot believe that the people of the United States are unwilling to sustain an effective squadron on the African coast, while France and England have each well appointed fleets in that region; — especially when it is understood how extensively the slave trade has been prosecuted in American vessels. Under these circumstances, we certainly ought not to leave the work of exterminating that infamous traffic wholly to other powers; when, with the Clayton prohibition of Consular Sea-letters superadded to the African Squadron and the Ashburton Treaty, we may bear a glorious part in its speedy and permanent suppression." Top left corner of front page with a tear and corner nearly detached (not affecting any text). A scarce early pamplet on the US attempt to fight slaving ships off the coast of Africa.

Item #17219

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