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"MISSION TO BRAZILS": BFASS AND THE ORGANIZING OF A SECRET ABOLITIONIST MISSION TO BRAZIL IN THE EARLY 1840S

Abstract

In 1839, the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (BFASS) covertly organized a mission to visit Brazil and, to achieve it, hired a British couple - George and Charlotte Pilkington - that should remain in the country for more than a year to collect information on trafficking and slavery and make abolitionist propaganda. From 1841, some of the information obtained by this mission was published by Anti-Slavery Reporter, the official journal of the Society. However, BFASS hid for about half a century his involvement in this venture, which only becomes clear from the crossing of information from various historical sources.

Keywords:
Slavery; slave trade; abolition; mission

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