Meet the Murrays
The Family Behind the Jacobite Rising of 1715
When the British Empire eventually banned its infamous export of Indian opium to China, it created a big problem for its colonial governors who had to look after millions of addicts suddenly denied their daily fix. In Empire of Crime, historian TIM NEWARK reveals that the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Cecil Clementi, defied London to become the region’s biggest narcotics dealer.
A Brief History of the Suppression Campaign
As detailed in my new book, Britain’s War Against the Slave Trade, during the course of its sixty year existence the Royal Navy’s West Africa Squadron seized approximately 1,600 slave ships and freed an estimated 150,000 Africans. Costing almost £40 million (£2 billion in today’s money) and the lives of around 2,000 seamen, below is a brief history of Britain’s lengthy but ultimately successful suppression campaign.