Elihu Yale: The cruel and greedy slave trader who gave Yale its name


“The Indian Ocean slave trade, which eventually matched the Atlantic [slave trade] in size and scope, did not become so extensive until the 19th Century. But on the Indian subcontinent, the trade in human beings along its coasts as well as inland and to islands was very old,” he writes, adding that Yale “oversaw many sales, adjudications, and accountings of enslaved people for the East India Company”.

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