|Ships used in the slave trade: schooner (left), brig (center), and bark (right). Small, fast ships that |
could outrun British cruisers were preferred.
|HMS Black Joke firing on the Spanish slaver El Almirante. The British ship freed 466 slaves.|
|Model of a slave ship. The slaves are packed in on a deck laid over the stores in the hold, |
which include ivory tusks. This vessel is armed, but most slavers relied on speed to escape
|Slaves on deck, being shackled.|
|The jail where a slaver awaiting trial could live comfortably, even riotously. Bars are visible |
on one window, though they didn't prevent an inmate with money from leaving on excursions.
|A slave caravan.|
Bank note: Virtue is rewarded after all in this cold, callous world, and there is still such a thing as loyalty. Jamie Dimon, the embattled CEO of my beloved bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, has been given $20 million in compensation for 2013, a year in which the bank paid $13 billion (yes, billion, not million) in a settlement with the Justice Department over some mortgage securities, and endured other undeserved woes. That's a 74% raise over 2012, which shows the board's loyalty to Mr. Dimon and its confidence in his managerial skills. And, incidentally, there is still plenty of free candy available at my branch.
Coming soon: The Slave Trade: How they got away with it, and how it was finally stopped. And then: New York and the Vision Thing. Can a greed-ridden commercial town even have a vision? We'll see.
© 2014 Clifford Browder