Slaves and colonies
1532 The Portuguese found their first settlement in Brazil.
1562 British slave trading in Africa begins with the voyage of John Hawkins.
1625 The British claim Barbados on behalf of James I.
1655 The British capture Jamaica from Spanish colonists.
1672 The company is reconstituted as the Royal African Company.
1698 African trade is legally opened to all English merchants, provided they pay a ten percent levy to the company on all goods exported from Africa.
In 1660, the Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa was established in England. Its charter, endorsed by the king, gave its ships the exclusive ...