Origins of enslaved Africans who died after liberation on distant Atlantic Island revealed by DNA evaluation

A primary-of-its-kind DNA evaluation has revealed the origins of 1000’s of enslaved Africans who died on a distant Atlantic island after being liberated and offloaded there by the British Navy.

Roughly 27,000 Africans have been taken from seized slave ships between 1840 and 1867 and deposited on the island of St. Helena as a part of Britain’s try and eradicate the transatlantic slave commerce. Housed in ramshackle tents in the midst of an arid valley, as much as 8,000 of the liberated folks died of illness and malnutrition. 

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