Africa Squadron: The U.S. Navy and the Slave Trade, 1842-1861

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2006 - History - 277 pages
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Presents the history of the US Navy's Africa Squadron. Established in 1842 to enforce the ban on importing slaves to the United States, in twenty years' time the squadron proved ineffective. This book investigates how this unit earned a poor reputation and whether it is deserved, and traces the Navy's role in interdicting the slave trade.
 

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Canney focuses on the American naval squadron designated to patrol for slave traders. His main focus in on the period after the Webster-Ashburton treaty of 1842 which committed the U.S. to maintain a ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Slave Trade Outlawed 18081821
1
US Navy AntiSlave Trade Activities 18221841
15
WebsterAshburton and the US Navy 18401842
29
4 Capt Matthew C Perry and the First Africa Squadron 18431845
45
5 Commodore Skinner the Fever and the Notorious Pons 18451846
71
The Federal Courts Take a Hand 18461847
85
7 Bolton and Cooper and the Nadir of the Squadron 18471849
97
8 The Brazil Squadron and the Slave Trade 18451849
111
13 Commodore Conover and Commander McBlair 18571859
181
14 Flag Officer Inman and the Great Sea Change 18591861
201
US Naval Vessels 1842
229
Vessels Seized
233
Medium and Small Steam Vessels Available for Service 18431858
235
Secretaries of the Navy 18421861
237
Notes
239
Bibliography
263

9 Commodore Gregory and Lieutenant Foote Revive the Squadron
121
A Lull in the Trade 18511853
141
11 Commodore Mayo and the Constitutions Last Capture 18531855
157
Cruising to No Reward 18551857
173
Index
269
About the Author
277
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Donald L. Canney a naval historian, is a prolific author whose books include Lincoln's Navy: The Ships, Men, and Organization, 1861--1865. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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