Over 200 years ago, long before Brexit, the UK faced a different kind of crisis in international trade. In 1807 the British Parliament resolved to abolish the slave trade, but what would replace this massive money-maker? Into the breach stepped people like Charles Heddle. Educated at Dollar Academy, he opened up new markets in commodities grown in West Africa, building a huge company from the end of the slave trade. This talk will address how Heddle and others like him made abolition pay, and why the future of the British economy in 1807 looked distinctly multiracial.