Around 12.5 million Africans were shipped across the Atlantic over a period of 400 years [Creative Commons]

The University of Cambridge plans to investigate its links to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and uncover how it may have benefited from slavery and the exploitation of labour, through financial and other means.

The university said on Tuesday that a two-year study will also look at how the work of its scholars may have helped underpin attitudes to the slave trade between the 18th and early 20th Century.

“We cannot know at this stage what exactly it will find but it is reasonable to assume that, like many large British institutions during the colonial era, the University will have benefited directly or indirectly from, and contributed to, the

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