Re: "America's" peculiar institution? LMFAO
technically owning another person was leagal in the UK untill the human rights act came in in 1998, but the slave trade was killed by making it not profitable and the ships that powered it were british registered.
the 1807 act created fines for captains who continued with the trade. These fines could be up to £100 per enslaved person found on a ship, which in the times was significant.
All subsequent acts banned the trade in slaves, not the owning of them