chapter  10
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Liverpool: a city reborn

Liverpool grew dramatically in the nineteenth century to become one of the world’s great ports, the gateway from the north of England to the Atlantic and beyond. The city’s first period of prosperity was based on the slave trade, but after abolition it achieved supremacy as Britain’s largest port, based on three key advantages: the trading opportunities from the huge economic growth of the US, the industrial revolution in Lancashire’s manufacturing districts and the safety of ships at sea because of British naval supremacy.