Another historical legacy

Tony Blair has expressed sorrow over Britain’s role in the slave trade but for some words are not enough. His comments come as the government prepares to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition British involvement in the slave trade (although emancipation was to take a further 26 years). Belfast port was not a slave port and was often a hotbed of abolitionism but a significant amount of its trade was in supplying the slave ships and the foodstuffs for slave plantations.