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Salvaged manillas ( slave tokens ) from 1830s

The number of manillas in circulation increased dramatically from the sixteenth century when they became one of the standard trade currencies

The ship Douro built 1838 in Sunderland was wrecked in fog on Western Rocks, Isles of Scilly on 28.1.1843

Her cargo was described as ‘armoury and brass stops. The wreck site was located around 1972

It revealed many thousands of Brass ‘Manillas’. These were otherwise known as Slave Tokens

This has lead to some speculation that the Douro was in fact a slave trader ship bound for South Africa

 

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