British Schools in England teach distorted past colonial history to hide the darker side! -02

.Slavery abolition act 1833

The widespread demonstrations in 2020 across the US and many places in the UK in the wake of  killing of a Black American George Floyd in the day by the city cops in busy downtown  Minneapolis city (Minnesota, USA)  witnessed the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol, England and other statues in the USA. The candid  publication by  University College London in 2013 of The Legacies of British Slave - ownership (LBS)  and racial practices in the colonies exposed a large chunk of British population to their past shameful  harrowing dark histories.

Royal African Co. Coat of Arms.

Slave ship

Colston statue, Bristol, England.

Above image: Edward Colston's statue, Bristol, England. was erected in 1895 to commemorate his philanthropy. With the the Royal African Company from 1680 to 1692, he was part of a slave trading company that had transported about  84,000 enslaved African men, women and young children, of whom 19,000 died on voyages from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas.  On 7 June 2020 the statue was defaced, toppled and thrown into Bristol harbor during the George Floyd protests in 2020...............

But a large section of the society  tried to ignore them and were not ready to accept the perversion of British officials in India and elsewhere and  colonial atrocities  inflicted on people of different ethnicity. This forced the unbiased history teacher, labor party leader and socialist  Jeremy Corbyn, a few  years ago to recommend teaching of  Black history along with colonialism, slavery and British empire,  because he strongly felt, “Black history is British history.” He suggested that it  should be made part of the national curriculum. 

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn.

Above images;  Jeremy Bernard Corbyn (born 26 May 1949) is a British politician. He  who served as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labor Party from 2015 to 2020.He  describes himself as a socialist. has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983. As of October 2020, Corbyn sits in the House of Commons as an independent, following the suspension of the whip. (

The colored people's  contribution to the growth of empire was substantial  including Africa and the Indian subcontinent and was good enough to pay serious attention to it.  The British school curriculum  purposely does not cover colonial atrocities, particularly in India, Kenya and S. Africa. Nor does it cover black history  and how the British Bobs had built the empire on the pangs of pain, loss of self-esteem, blood bath and death of the African natives.  They were treated much worse than cattle herds as one would see in the ranches of Texas and Oklahoma, USA.

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Slave abolitionist, Wilberforce.

Above image:  William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833), a British politician  (MP) for Yorkshire (1784–1812), a philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade,  played a key role in abolishing slavery in 1833. Being  a compassionate Anglican Evangelist (since 1785), he worked hard, to put an end to this  evil. James Ramsay, a slave abolitionist,  helped in preparing the moral arguments for abolition which appeared in Wilberforce's speeches.

Abolition of slavery.

Above image:  Initiated in 1783, the triangular sea route  took British-made goods to Africa to buy slaves, transported the enslaved to the West Indies, and then brought slave-grown products such as sugar, tobacco, and cotton to Britain. Slave trade was a money spinner, contributing  about 80 % of Great Britain's foreign income.  British ships primarily took over the transportation, supplying slaves  to the French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and British colonies. In peak years, they  carried forty thousand enslaved men, women and children across the Atlantic in the horrible  conditions of the middle passage.  Of the estimated 11 million Africans transported into slavery, about 1.4 million died during the voyage.


The city of Bristol  was built on the riches of slavery. When slavery was abolished, hefty compensation was given to the slave trade companies / owners for the loss of slaves, ships, etc., incurred by them (47,000 claimants).  It was more beneficial to the slave trading companies. because  the then  British government paid them  20 million pounds in compensation – 40 percent of its budget. That is some 17 billion pounds (estimated at more than $21bn in today’s money). The government took out a loan to pay it, which was only paid off – by British taxpayer money – in 2015. The pay-outs went to 47,000 individuals and families ranging  from  aristocrats with  large sugar plantations to poor  widows who kept a few slaves as passive income.  John Gladstone got a huge compensation - £106,769,the equivalent of £12 million ($15.59 million) today's value. His son William Gladstone, became  four times PM of the UK between 1868 and 1894 and the family still owns a very large estate in WalesThe human rights violators got away with a huge sum, but the victims - physically and mentally damaged  humans (slaves) were left high and dry. No compensation to their grief-stricken families, not even a penny!!. 

The National Trust’s properties in the UK are a popular tourist attraction, with tens of thousands of domestic and international visitors  make a beeline to its castles, forts, archaeological and industrial monuments and parks,. In September 2020 the Trust for the first time revealed the truth that 93 properties have link to slavery and colonialism during the British Empire. And at least 50 such properties in England and Wales are linked to the East India Company and their employees who  earned fortunes in India and returned home to build large houses and live in  grand style. Such returning wealthy British Bobs whose earnings in India included part of ''commission'' or illegal gratification  were  better known as ‘nabobs.’ In the 18th and 19th centuries, they also wielded political power in Westminster.  

NT properties. Landon Park in Surrey 

Above image: Landon Park in Surrey had links to the slave trade and also links to money made from plantations................

NT's Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire

Above image: Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire was directly linked to British colonies and slavery though the cotton trade.................

NT's Arcy Fife’s Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire.

Clive's Powis Castle,

Above images: NT properties liked to wealth earned in colonial India. The 115-page 'Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties is now in the Care of the National Trust.........

The research is part of historical reviews initiated by several government departments and organizations in the wake of the Black Lives Matter campaign in 2020.  The India-linked properties (under the National Trust) include  Robert Clive's two mansions -in Claremont, Sussex, and the Powis Castle in Wales, which has a vast collection of Indian items;  former governor of Madras Ronald d’Arcy Fife’s Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire; the home of Francis Syke Basildon Park, Berkshire; The first governor of Bengal presidency Robert Clive was the richest Nabob so were the others like Francis Syke.

Imperial  colonial looters and articulated banditos - commonly called Nabobs left behind vast wealth and many of the so called British aristocrats  are their  descendants (now forming the elite group). Do the British children know that  the forefathers of many of these  aristocrats made their fortunes in India or elsewhere  and had links with  slavery -  run by specified registered companies with support from the government. 

Dr Tarnya Cooper, the National Trust's curatorial and collections director said: "Colonialism and slavery were central to the national economy from the 17th to the 19th centuries''. As such as suggested by British Socialist Black history is British history. So is the colonial history of the subcontinent from the vast revenue which British imperialism was built and consolidated in the later centuries.