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These museum objects all illustrate Glasgow’s links to chattel slavery during the 1700s. While the city’s tobacco and sugar businessmen were making millions of pounds, slaves producing these crops on plantations in America and the Caribbean were treated as property or things rather than as human beings. Life was good for the Glaswegian business community but brutal and exploitative for the slaves.

As well as leaving their mark in Glasgow, with street names such as Ingram, Glassford and Buchanan Streets, the merchants also influenced place names in the Caribbean and America, such as the New Glasgow plantation storehouse in Virginia, owned by the McCall family.

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