Discussion panel with Kate Donington (UCL) and Kristy Warren(UCL), who will present the following papers:
Kate Donington: The structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership: a case study of St. Catherine, Jamaica.
This paper is based on research undertaken on slave and estate ownership in the parish of St. Catherine in Jamaica. Different forms of slavery existed within the parish of St. Catherine, which encompassed both large scale sugar plantations as well as the urban centre of Spanish Town. This paper will explore some of the initial findings including the identification of large scale plantation owners in the area and the networks established through commercial, familial and marital relationships. It ends with a brief case study of the Ellis family, early settlers in Jamaica who had made a fortune in plantation ownership.
Kristy Warren: Using the Slave Registers as a Source for Gathering Information about the Enslaved: A case study of St. Kitts and Nevis
Slave Registers provide a wealth of knowledge about enslaved people but also have limitations as a source. Drawing on the research of Barry Higman, this paper explores the possibilities and limits of these records by first providing a general overview of the registers and then examining the specific registers of St Kitts and Nevis, highlighting the similarities and differences between the records of each island. The paper also investigates some preliminary findings concerning the information the registers can provide about the lives of enslaved children in St. Kitts.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe.