Popes’ Complicities In The ‘Negro’ Slave Trade, 15th Century To 19th Century.

ABSTRACT

Catholic Church historians and the Papacy had claimed to have vehemently condemned slave trade at every instance. Catholic historians and scholars like Luigi Conti and Panzer have done their best to grant an intellectual absolution to the seat of the Pope by carefully whitewashing the ugly part of their history and eulogizing the Catholic Church for being at the forefront of the abolitionist movement. I contend that a thorough analysis of Papal bull, treaties and the classic works of scholars like John Francis Maxwell 1975, Howard Erskine-Hill 1998 and Pius Onyemechi Adiele 2017 and other published works would bring to bear the involvement of the Pope in the process of the enslavement of the ‘Negro’. I will advance this debate to show the authority of the pope in medieval European politics by examining archival sources on the alliances, diplomatic relations and international treaties ratified with such European countries concerning the slave trade. I will extend this debate further to show that not only did the church blessed and supported the trade, but the Church directly purchased African slaves in Rome. This work also takes a closer look at the extent of the papacy’s direct and indirect involvement in the Negro slave trade. An analysis of the financial system and fiscal policy of the Catholic Church in medieval times and assessment of largest Slave Corporation in Maryland by the Jesuit Order based on archival materials from Georgetown University Slave Archive show that not only was the leadership of the Church involved in the trade but also benefitted from the trade.

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APA

, M & NANA, I (2021). Popes’ Complicities In The ‘Negro’ Slave Trade, 15th Century To 19th Century.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/popes-complicities-in-the-negro-slave-trade-15th-century-to-19th-century

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, MENSAH and ISAAC NANA "Popes’ Complicities In The ‘Negro’ Slave Trade, 15th Century To 19th Century." Afribary. Afribary, 12 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/popes-complicities-in-the-negro-slave-trade-15th-century-to-19th-century. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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, MENSAH, ISAAC NANA . "Popes’ Complicities In The ‘Negro’ Slave Trade, 15th Century To 19th Century.". Afribary, Afribary, 12 Apr. 2021. Web. 13 Jun. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/popes-complicities-in-the-negro-slave-trade-15th-century-to-19th-century >.

Chicago

, MENSAH and NANA, ISAAC . "Popes’ Complicities In The ‘Negro’ Slave Trade, 15th Century To 19th Century." Afribary (2021). Accessed June 13, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/popes-complicities-in-the-negro-slave-trade-15th-century-to-19th-century