King Charles has signaled his assist for analysis into the British monarchy’s historic hyperlinks with transatlantic slavery for the primary time after a doc surfaced exhibiting a predecessor’s involvement in a slave-trading enterprise.
Buckingham Palace launched the assertion after being contacted by the Guardian in regards to the wealthy historical past of successive British monarchs’ involvement and funding within the enslavement of African folks.
The Guardian has printed a beforehand unpublished doc exhibiting the switch of £1,000 in shares within the slave-dealing Royal African Firm in 1689 from Edward Colston, the corporate’s deputy governor, to King William III.
The doc enclosing the switch of shares within the Royal African Firm from Edward Colston to King William III. Click on right here to enlarge and save. Picture: Brooke Newman/RAC Archives/Public Report Workplace
Buckingham Palace didn’t touch upon the doc however stated it supported a analysis mission co-funded by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), which manages a number of palaces, into the monarchy’s involvement within the slave commerce. Historians specializing within the monarchy’s centuries-long involvement within the enslavement of African peoples cautiously welcomed the palace’s declaration however stated far more wanted to be executed.