The slave trade in Britain was made illegal by 1807, due to pressure from abolitionists like William Wilberforce. Britain tried to force other countries to follow, but with little success. Although importing slaves was banned in the U.S. in 1808, illegal slave trading continued until the American Civil War finally stamped it out. Between 1800 and the end of the Civil War, an estimated 4 million slaves were delivered to the Americas. Over 350 years, the great influx of black slaves changed the populations of the West Indies, Brazil, Central America and the southern U.S. All told, about 15 million Africans were enslaved and delivered to the Americas during that time.
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