Why did the British try to improve the position of slaves at the Cape?

Why did the British try to improve the position of slaves at the Cape?

The 50th ordinance passed in 1828 by Governor Bourke although the idea started by Lord Charles Somerset another British Governor at the Cape.




The ordinance aimed at giving the Africans and other free persons the same rights as the whites.

The 50th ordinance aimed at restoring the civil rights of the Africans.

The British passed the 50th ordinance in order to restore the civil rights of the Africans at the Cape.

The desire to abolish slavery and slave trade in the British Empire forced the British to pass the 50th ordinance.




The pressure from the missionaries especially the London Missionary Society (LMS) under Dr. John Philip forced the British to pass the ordinance.

The humanitarian groups who wanted to abolish slavery and enslavement like William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, Granville Sharp, among others forced the British.

The British wanted to make the slaves happy and contented for the work they were doing for their masters.

There was need to end racial segregation and tension between the Africans and the Boers at the Cape colony hence the passing of the 50th ordinance.




The British wanted to improve on the standard of living of the slaves and this forced them to pass the 50 th ordinance.

The British wanted to spread Christianity among the Africans that is why the Christian missionaries who wanted to end slavery supported them.

They wanted to give Africans western education through the missionaries hence the passing of the 50thordinance.

The desire to promote equality before the courts of law by all races partly led to the passing of the 50 th ordinance by the British.

The desire to give the Africans freedom of movement that had been restricted by the pass law put in place by the Dutch government at the Cape.




The British wanted to give Africans access to land as the Boers denied them the right of owning land at the Cape hence the ordinance.

The British wanted to find ways of paying Africans good wages for their services and this encouraged them to pass the 50thordinance.

The British wanted to end the exploitation of African labour by their masters hence led to the passing of the 50th ordinance.

The need to stop the unfair apprentice laws of acquiring African infants as laborers by the white masters hence the passing of the 50th ordinance.




The British wanted to provide fair treatment to the Africans at the Cape and this forced them to pass the 50th ordinance.

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