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Macaulay, Zachary

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Author(s): Smith, Mark
[German Version] (Apr 2, 1768, Inverary – May 13, 1838, London), the son of a minister in the Church of Scotland, worked from the age of 16 as a bookkeeper on an estate in Jamaica. There his experiences led to a lifelong abhorrence of slavery. In 1793 Macaulay went to work in the new colony of Sierra Leone, which had been founded as a settlement for freed slaves. He served as governor of the colony for six years and then returned to England, where he was an effective campaigner for the abolition o…