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this day in the yesteryear: Zong Massacre: Slaves Thrown Overboard (1781)


Zong Massacre: Slaves Thrown Overboard (1781)

In 1781, overcrowding, disease, and malnutrition killed several crew members and dozens of African slaves being transported to Jamaica as “cargo” on the British slave ship Zong. Knowing that insurers would not compensate his employers for sick slaves or those dead from illness—but would offer compensation for drowned slaves—the ship’s captain decided to throw more than 130 slaves overboard. What landmark decision resulted from the court case that followed? More… Discuss