How Did Slave-Trading Connect Britain’s Foreign and Domestic Commerce?

As British slave-trading grew into a major industry, it became “the connecting medium of our foreign with our domestic commerce,” according to Robert Norris, a witness on the subject who testified before Parliament in 1788.

If the slave-trade became such a vital connection between Britain’s foreign and domestic commerce, its removal would significantly impact Britain’s financial stability. How do you think the slave trade could have grown into such a major component of Britain’s economy?

If Norris was right, about the significance of slave-trading to Britain’s financial circumstances, how would it be possible for Members of Parliament to make slave-trading illegal?

In today’s world, can you think of anything which should be made illegal but isn’t because it contributes so much money to a country or a society? If so, what is it? Why hasn’t it been made illegal?

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