The Zong Massacre: A Hundred Slaves Thrown Overboard

The Raven Report

The slave ship Zong was a stinking, volatile craft that carried hundreds or poor souls across the Middle Passage during the Atlantic Slave Trade. It departed the coast of Africa in 1781 with 470 slaves aboard, close to double what was recommended for such a voyage. Out of pure greed and hubris, the captain steered his overloaded ship out to the open sea, never suspecting it would soon become a floating beacon of agony, disease, and horror.

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