Edward Colston was born 2 November in 1636 and died in 1721. A significant proportion of Colson's wealth came directly or indirectly from the slave trade. It is estimated that during Colston’s involvement with the RAC, it transported over 100,000 African men, women and children, who were branded with the company’s initials on their chest. Over 19,000 of them died on their journey to the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas due to unhygienic conditions on the ships. Designed to maximise profit and hold as many enslaved people as possible, the boats were hotbeds for dysentery, dehydration and scurvy.