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Why were so many Africans enslaved? Source 3 Transcript
That in this vital question is involved the existence of the property of a numerous body of His Majesty's subjects, and of a very large portion of British Commerce, and of British Naval power connected with these great and ancient colonies, the destruction of which would effect the ruin of all connected with those colonies, and reduce Great Britain from the Rank of the first Commerical Country in the world to a state of comparative destitution and insignificance.
This question involves the existence of property of a large number of British subjects. It also affects a large portion of British commerce and British naval power. The destruction of that property [the abolition of slavery] would bring about the ruin of everybody connected with the West Indian colonies. It would change Great Britain's position as the most important trading nation in the world to that of a poor and unimportant nation.
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