An account of Slavery in the Marginal Colonies of the British West Indies

  • An account of Slavery in the Marginal Colonies of the British West Indies

by Roy Murray

 

Abstract

Broadly speaking, this study aims to refine the traditional interpretation of the term “marginal colony” in an effort to illustrate how economic developments in each of the Bahamas, the Caymans, Belize, Anguilla, and Barbuda during the last half century or so of formal slavery in the British Caribbean impacted upon the life and labour experiences of bondsmen and women in these territories. More specifically, the study attempts to define the “marginal slave experience” by examining the occupations of slaves in these territories, their living conditions and general treatment by their respective owners within the wider context of these experiences for slaves in the sugar colonies of the British West Indies. In-so doing, the study seeks also to establish and account for the significant differences in the organization of slavery in the marginal territories of the region arising from the different economic function of that institution in those territories from that which prevailed in the sugar colonies of the British Caribbean.

 

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Keywords: slavery, colonialism, colonial economy, British Colonialism, slave economy

 

Suggested APA Reference: Murray, R. (2001). An account of Slavery in the Marginal Colonies of the British West Indies. Glasgow: University of Glasgow. http://theses.gla.ac.uk/653/1/2001murrayphd.pdf

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