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Le commerce triangulaire - the Triangular Trade


Growing up as part of the problem: as part of the white privileged colonial parasites that infested Africa (the Americas, Oceania, the Middle and Far East). Part of the super-spreader euro-centric variant self-identifing as the 'British Empire'.                   

"At its peak, the British Empire was the largest formal empire that the world had ever known. As such, its power and influence stretched all over the globe; shaping it in all manner of ways. The history of the British Empire: its triumphs, humiliations; the good that it brought and the bad that it inflicted. For better or worse the British Empire had a massive impact on the history of the world. It is for this reason that this site tries to bring to life the peoples, cultures, adventures and forces that made the Empire such a powerful institution. It is neither an apology for, nor a nostalgic reminiscence of the institution that so dominated the world for over two centuries. Rather, it analyses and describes the vast institution that so influenced the shape of the world that we see today. Whether the British Empire is regarded as a positive force or a negative force in world history is in many ways rather irrelevant, the fact is that it was a transformative force and we should seek to try and understand it in its many and varied forms across the centuries of its existence and throughout its wide expanse. ...The British Empire was never a static institution, it constantly mutated, evolved and changed in reaction to events, opportunities and threats. The British Empire of the 1950s looked very different from that of the 1850s and certainly that of the 1750s and 1650s! It could often operate differently in a colony on one side of the world from a colony on the other side. Furthermore, the British Empire was comprised of an incredibly diverse set of actors through its many years of existence. Some of these were undoubtedly motivated by greed and selfishness. However, others were motivated by more benign concerns, although often constrained by the social expectations of the era they operated within. For many more people, their experience with the British Empire was purely transactional. It provided a framework and institutions that offered many people new opportunities, rights and abilities whilst others felt constrained within it or perhaps had traditional rights removed or eroded. This website hopes to make sense of this diverse institution that reached into so many corners of the world, provided a platform for such a diverse set of characters and which existed for such an extended period of time."

 some fun with Philippe