Somersett’s case (1772) 98 ER 499 | 22 June 1772

ON 22 JUNE 1772, the English King’s Bench delivered Somerset v Stuart (1772) Lofft 1; (1772) 98 ER 499.

Even though African slavery was tolerated at the time in the colonies, the court ruled that a slave could not be taken by force and sold abroad as property as no such right existed under the law of England,

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