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I'm writing a novel based on a trade ship crew during the

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I'm writing a novel based on a trade ship crew during the colonial era and there many adventures, what are some must knows of colonial era? I was thinking of having free african slaves in my crew but would that be historically accurate?
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>>50134
Maybe not "free" slaves, but I'd say working off their slavery as a crew-hand.
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>>50134
>going the inclusive, non offensive route

Please don't. Be accurate, be gritty, call them colored folk. Remember Mel's quote about his own character in The Patriot:

"I would have made him a slave owner. Not to just to please audiences is a cop-out."
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>>50581
Please don't refer to Mel Gibson films when discussing history.
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We need more information.

Where is it sailing between, what is the cargo, is it American, British, Spanish?

Do you have a rough idea of the specific years?
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>>51444
Fuck off sugar tits
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>>51989
it's an American trade ship, the cargo is actually spices and ivory that was gotten from Africa, I don't really have a specific year but late 1700s I was also thinking of having them contact some african tribe that had no contact with europeans.
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>>50134
Don't put slavery, that'd be racist
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>>52104
Ok, you'd be more likely to have slaves on the ship that are hired out by their master.

What spices come from Africa?
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>>52179
I have no clue right now but the Horn of Africa was apparently a huge spice trade route.
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>>50134

Go back to /lit/.

Also many pirate ships freed slaves they captured to join the crew, if you're interested. Perhaps use that as a contrast where the "criminals" respected modern human rights more than the "lawkeepers" (merchant ships and navy ships).
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>>50134
Just sj.w my book up fa.m
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Read "Two Years Before the Mast" by Henry Dana. It's a diary of his two-year trip on a sailing ship. He talks a lot about how common sailors were treated on merchant ships, and what their everyday lives were like.

Project Gutenberg link: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4277
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Better link with PDF download: https://archive.org/details/twoyearsbeforema02dana
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