TIL of the Zong Massacre, in which the crew of the British slave ship Zong threw 130 African slaves overboard, then tried to claim insurance on them

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  1. The Zong massacre was featured in the biopic movie Belle, about Dido Elizabeth Belle whose grandfather was Lord Chief Justice Mansfield and whose ruling on this “insurance claim” was one of the most important sparks to the flame of abolition in Britain. Dido was the subject of a beautiful and uncoventional painting with her half-sister Elizabeth Murray.

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