• From Sheep to Sugar, Mid Wales

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Our project explored the little known link between Wales and the TransAtlantic Slave Trade, when cloth that was spun and woven in the rural communities of Mid Wales, was exported through Shrewsbury to London and Bristol, and later to Liverpool and used by slave traders as barter for people from West Africa who were packed on ships to be transported to the New World to be worked to death in mines or on plantations. Large amounts of fabric were needed to clothe the enslaved workers and Welsh Plains was also grouped with other English cloth and called Negro Cloth.

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