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Details 1793  William Wilberforce's second bill for abolition passed by Commons but defeated by Lords. Commons narrowly rejects motions to reintroduce general abolition and to abolish the British foreign slave trade. A compromise is forged by slavery advocate Sir William Dundas, at the behest of Prime Minister Pitt, providing for gradual abolition by January 1, 1796. It passes 230 to 85--but fails later. Decline of public agitation and abolition society activity. Britain begins campaign to capture the French slave islands. Tobago and Cape Nicolas-Mole on St. Domingue are occupied. *Abolition



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