1781: The slaves of the Zong, for the insurance

Beginning this day in 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong began throwing his cargo overboard in a still-notorious case combining the horrors of the Middle Passage with the cruel rapacity of capital. The Liverpool-based ship was en route from Africa to Jamaica, there to exchange its human chattel for New World produce bound … Continue reading 1781: The slaves of the Zong, for the insurance