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Year Event
1701 Sir Thomas Johnson becomes a Liverpool MP [B12]
1704 The borough obtains from the crown a lease for the site of the castle with the right to demolish it [B12]
1708 Thomas Steers proposes draining the "Old Pool" and building a large stone dock in its place.
1709 An Act is obtained to allow creation of the first dock in Liverpool [B12]
1714 An Act of Parliament is made to erect a new church on the site of the castle [B12]
1715 The country's first wet dock is constructed in Liverpool [B12]
1725 John Chadwick draws-up the first surveyed map of Liverpool showing 37 streets [B12]
1727 Sir Thomas Bootle becomes a Liverpool MP [B12]
1730 An Act of Parliament opens the slave trade to anyone registering for 2 pounds in London, Bristol or Liverpool [B12]
1731 Liverpool sends 15 ships to Africa in the first year of slave trading [B12]
1733 Lord Derby accepts election as Mayor of Liverpool [B12]
1737 "The Tower" is sold by Lord Derby to William Clayton [B12]
1738 Liverpool sends 33 ships to Africa as part of the slave trade [B12]
1750 Liverpool's population is about 18,000 [B12]
1751 The port owns about 220 vessels and employs about 3320 seamen [B12]
1752 Liverpool has 58 ships engaged in the slave trade [B12]
1753 William Roscoe is born at the Old Bowling Green, Mount Pleasant
1754 Reverend John Newton gives up as a captain of Liverpool slave ships [B12]
1755 Sankey Brook is deepened from St.Helens to the Mersey allowing inland navigation [B12]
1757 106 Liverpool ships are in direct trade with Mexico and Cuba evading the Spanish coast guards [B12]
1760 Livepool's population is about 76,000 [B12]
1767 St James's Mount is Liverpool's first purpose built park
1769 George Perry produces a map of Liverpool showing remarkable growth [B12]
1772 The Theatre Royal opens in Williamson Square
1777 William Roscoe writes his poem "Mount Pleasant"
1780 Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby wins a toss of a coin with Sir Charles Bunbury and their new horse race is named "The Derby"
1785 John Gladstone arrives in Liverpool from Leith, Scotland
1790 Hugh Crow, Captain of the last Liverpool slave ship, makes his first voyage to Africa [B12]
1792 Liverpool is estimated to have 63% of the English slave trade [B12]
1793 Over 10 years, Liverpool ships have made 878 round trips and 15,186,850 pounds carrying 303,737 slaves to the West Indies [B12]
1796 Richard Watt a Liverpool merchant buys Speke Hall
1797 Liverpool is granted a coat of arms including Neptune, Titan and a "Liverbird"