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Goree Taken, 1758.

Goree Taken, 1758, copper Medal by John Pingo, head of Britannia left, O. FAIR. BRITANNIA. HAIL, rev. Victory on prow right, GOREE TAKEN MDCCLVIII, 40mm (Eimer Pingo 12; Eimer 661). Good extremely fine, with plenty of mint redness, scarce, especially in this condition.

Ex Spink Numismatic Circular, 1965.

Goree was taken as part of the wider capture of Senegal during the Seven Years War, with Britain's main intention being to undermine French trade and destabilize the French economy. Five years later, at the end of the hostilities, Goree was returned to a weakened France by treaty. But the simplicity of that strategy belies the enormity of the trade itself - slavery. The wholesale supply of people, from central and western Africa, was funneled through Goree, among other West African ports, for resale across the Atlantic on an industrial scale in the USA, the Caribbean, Central America and the vast sugar plantations and mines of Brazil. Britain was also culpable and it would be decades before the trade was finally extinguished in UK law through the long-term efforts of Abolitionists like Clarkson and Wilberforce.

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