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  • Caribbean:
    The islands off the east coast of North, Central and South America that were called the West Indies by Columbus
  • Carl Bernhard Wadström:
    Wadstrom was born in Sweden but relocated to England. In London, he published 'Observations on the Slave Trade' and a 'Description of some part of the Coast of Guinea' (1789) “exposing to the world the atrocious acts committed in that part of the globe to which I have been eye-witness” (“Preface,” viii). His work was very influential in the anti-slavery campaign.
  • Chartism:
    A populist reform movement of the 1830s-40s, which set out a manifesto called ‘The People’s Charter’ which aimed to increase the rights of the working classes
  • Chattel slavery :
    A form of slavery, introduced by Europeans, in which the slave is treated as a piece of property, belonging to his or her owner, and has no rights; the slave is enslaved for life and his / her children are automatically enslaved too; chattel slaves can also be bought and sold just like cattle (from which the word chattel comes)
  • Civilizations:
    Communities with advanced systems of social, economic and cultural development
  • Coffle :
    A group of animals, prisoners or slaves chained together in a line
  • Colonial :
    Relating to or characteristic of a colony or colonies. It can also refer to a person who lives in a colony.
  • Colonization :
    The process of one country taking over another, in order to exploit it
  • Colony :
    A territory partly or completely controlled by another country often called the mother country or motherland) and settled by those people
  • Coloured :
    A person of mixed racial descent
  • Commemorate:
    To preserve in memory by a celebration or ceremony
  • Commodity :
    An article of trade, especially a raw material or product. Chattel slaves were also treated as commodities.
  • Commons, The :
    Short for the House of Commons, the elected chamber of the UK Parliament
  • Compensation :
    Recompense, often financial, for a loss or injury
  • Conquer :
    To overcome or defeat, to gain control by force.
  • Controversial :
    Open to disagreement or argument
  • Corporal punishment :
    Punishment by inflicting physical pain, often flogging
  • Culture :
    The attitudes and values that are the basis of a society, often based on religious or spiritual beliefs, language and family values; cultures are continually evolving and changing for individuals and communities

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