Foreign Slave Trade Act 1806
Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London.
Foreign Slave Trade Act 1806 (46 Geo III c 52), which
received the Royal Assent on May 23, 1806, prohibited
British subjects from transporting slaves to the
territories of a foreign (ie,
non-British) state. It came into force on January
The British were at war with Napoleon, Emperor of the
French, and his allies, at the time.
was promoted as a necessary war measure, but it was
actually a covert measure against the foreign slave
trade. It did not affect the slave
trade to British colonies.
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