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  • Seasoning :
    The period during which enslaved people newly arrived from Africa were initiated into the labour regime; new slaves were given marginally lesser tasks in the seasoning period as their ability to survive disease was tested
  • Segregation :
    Separating people, especially in the use of public facilities, employment, education, and housing; usually with a denial of political rights for the excluded group
  • Shackles :
    Metal hoops and chains put round the necks, wrists and ankles of slaves to restrain them
  • Sherbro :
    An ethnic group from Sierra Leone who share a common culture and language
  • Shillings:
    An old type of coin used before decimalization in 1969. One pound sterling was made up of 20 shillings, each made up of 12 (old) pence; a shilling is the equivalent of 5p today
  • Sinecure:
    A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
  • Slave:
    An unpaid servant devoid of freedom and personal rights; one who is the property of another whether by capture, purchase or birth
  • Slave colony :
    A settlement on plantations, based on the labour of enslaved Africans
  • Slave labour :
    Work carried out by the enslaved for the profit of others
  • Slave-hunter:
    A person who made a living capturing runaway slaves and returning them to their masters for a 'bounty' (money)
  • Slavers :
    People who earn a living from capturing, trading or transporting slaves. It was also used to describe ships engaged in transporting the enslaved
  • Slavery :
    Keeping people as property, and requiring them to work under the domination of others
  • Smallpox :
    A virus that caused an acute contagious disease, with fever and pustules, and with a high death rate; now eradicated world-wide
  • Smuggle:
    To bring in or take out illicitly, or by stealth, regardless of lawful customs. After the 1807 act, many Africans were still taken illegally to the West Indies
  • Smuggler:
    A person engaged in the unlawful or illicit transport of goods or people into a country. After the 1807 act, many Africans were still taken illegally to the West Indies
  • Sub-Sahara :
    Area south of the Sahara Desert in Africa
  • Subordinate :
    Of inferior importance or rank, secondary, subservient
  • Suffrage :
    The right to vote in political elections
  • Suffragette :
    A woman who campaigned for the female right to vote
  • Supplication :
    Pleading or appealing for something from a point of weakness

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