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Jamaica Ladies: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain's Atlantic Empire

Christine Walker


Jamaica Ladies is the first systematic study of the free and freed women of European, Euro-African, and African descent who perpetuated chattel slavery and reaped its profits in the British Empire. Their actions helped transform Jamaica into the wealthiest slaveholding colony in the Anglo-Atlantic world. Starting in the 1670s, a surprisingly large and diverse group of women helped secure English control of Jamaica and, crucially, aided its developing and expanding slave labor regime by acquiring enslaved men, women, and children to protect their own tenuous claims to status and independence. F ... More

Keywords: Jamaica, Caribbean, Atlantic world, Women slaveowners, Women slaveholders, Female slaveowners, Female slaveholders, Atlantic slave trade, British Empire, Colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469658797
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469658797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Walker, author
Yale-NUS College

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