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Slaves and Slavery in Kingston, 1770-1815

Burnard, Trevor



© 2020 Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis. Historians have mostly ignored Kingston and its enslaved population, despite it being the fourth largest town in the British Atlantic before the American Revolution and the town with the largest enslaved population in British America before emancipation. The result of such historiographical neglect is a lacuna in scholarship. In this article, I examine one period of the history of slavery in Kingston, from when the slave trade in Jamaica was at its height, from the early 1770s through to the early nineteenth century, and then after the slave trade was abolished but when slavery in the town became especially important. One question I especially want to explore is how Kingston maintained its prosperity even after its major trade-the Atlantic slave trade-was stopped by legislative fiat in 1807.


Burnard, T. (2020). Slaves and Slavery in Kingston, 1770-1815. International Review of Social History, 65(S28), 39-65.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 21, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Deposit Date May 28, 2021
Journal International Review of Social History
Print ISSN 0020-8590
Electronic ISSN 1469-512X
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue S28
Pages 39-65
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