City Of London: Slave Trade Money Trail Tour

Saturday 30th September

Find out how London keeps its memory of the glorification of stolen African lives that capitalised the “streets paved with gold”.


The first European nation to engage in the Transatlantic Slave Trade was Portugal in the mid to late 1400’s. Captain John Hawkins made the first known English slaving voyage to Africa, in 1562, in the reign of Elizabeth I. Estimates, based on records of voyages in the archives of port customs and maritime insurance records, put the total number of African slaves transported by European traders, to at least 12 million people.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade, triangle ships never sailed empty and some people made enormous profits. This Slave Trade was the richest part of Britain’s trade in the 18th century. James Houston, who worked for a firm of 18th-century slave merchants, wrote, “What a glorious and advantageous trade this is… It is the hinge on which all the trade of this globe moves.”

London’s roots are embedded in the colonisation of the continent of Africa and the America’s. Engraved in the capital’s big buildings and bright lights, are stories of Britain’s involvement of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Hidden in plain sight, London keeps its memory of the glorification of stolen African lives that capitalised the “streets paved with gold”.

The British flag is sowed with the thread of the colonized, Britannia rests her head on pillows made from Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Tea, Rubber and Tobacco. The story of greed, corruption and exploitation starts with a money trail that leads into the heart of London. The profits gained from chattel slavery helped to finance the Industrial Revolution and the Caribbean islands became the hub of the British Empire. The sugar colonies were Britain’s most valuable colonies.

This walking tour follows the hidden story of one of Britain’s first Slave Traders, The Plantation Economy Triangle and the blood money trail of the Lloyds family, and how they grew rich from the fees and interest they earned from merchants who borrowed money for their long voyages and their corporation involvement in the handling of slaves.

Join Black Rooted as we take the journey of how modern London came to be and witness European psychosis of cognitive dissonance in the oppression of Black men, women and children.

The tour will be led by Darrel Blake, a Social Activist, Historian, Researcher, Author and Public Speaker. He is a learned Black Historian through Soundsystem culture of the 1980’s and Pan African Saturday schools of the 1990’s. Darrel has a degree in Black Studies and Sociology and has written a children’s African story on self-love and a West African book on culture and symbolism. Darrel has worked with the BBC, Sky News and GB News, he currently works closely with local authorities, galleries, libraries, archives and museums to develop educational experiences and programmes for academic and public interest.

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