Some of ya’ll are gonna be mad at me today because YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH! King James I of England was the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, which makes James I her great-nephew.
King James could refer to several monarchs throughout history who held that name. However, the most well-known is King James I of England, who ruled from 1603 until his death in 1625.
King James I was also known as James VI of Scotland, as he was already the king of Scotland before inheriting the English throne. He is most famous for commissioning the translation of the Bible into English, which resulted in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. He was also a patron of the arts and a prolific writer himself.
However, during his reign, English merchants began to participate in the slave trade, particularly in the form of the triangular trade between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
Under James I’s reign, English merchants began to establish colonies in the Americas, particularly in Virginia and the Caribbean. These colonies relied on slave labor to cultivate crops such as tobacco and sugar cane. While James I did not personally profit from the slave trade, his support for English colonization in the Americas helped to create the economic conditions that made slavery profitable for English merchants.
It is also worth noting that the British Royal African Company, which was established in 1672 and held a monopoly on the English slave trade until 1698, was granted its charter by King Charles II, James I’s successor.
The Royal African Company (RAC) was initially owned by a group of English merchants who were granted a royal charter by King Charles II in 1672. The charter gave the RAC a monopoly on English trade with West Africa, including the export of enslaved Africans to the Americas. The company was granted the right to establish forts and factories on the West African coast and to maintain a standing army to protect its interests.
The initial investors in the RAC included members of the English aristocracy, as well as wealthy merchants and traders. Over time, the ownership of the company changed as shares were bought and sold. By the early 18th century, the RAC was controlled by a small group of wealthy merchants and investors, who had significant political influence in England. The company continued to dominate the English slave trade until 1698.
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