Slave Society in the Danish West Indies: St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix

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University of the West Indies Press, 1992 - History - 287 pages

In this provocative book Neville Hall offers a comprehensive study of slave society in the Danish West Indies. Covering the entire period of slavery in the territory--from 1671 to 1848--Hall focuses on slave rebellion andresistance and discusses the legislative system introduced to control the slave population. He also examines the life of the freedman, the complex relationship between cultural and linguistic development on the islands; and the unusually cosmopolitan character of the slaveowning class.

Edited by Barry Higman, this revealing study of slavery in the Dutch West Indies broadens our understanding of Caribbean colonialism.

 

Contents

The Danish West Indies 16711848
1
4
5
Slaveowning Ideology
34
Slaves and the
56
Slavery on the Plantations
70
frequency distribution of field slaves
73
5
85
Slavery in Christiansted
87
22
125
The Emergence
139
Manumissions by testament in the Danish West Indies 1760 1770
142
The adult freedman population of St Thomas 175570
150
Émigré Freedmen
178
Education Amelioration
191
Emancipation and Its Aftermath
208
Notes
229

Sex of urban and rural slaves St Croix and St Thomas 1797
91
1
103
Independent Slave Activity
110
Grand Marronage
124
Bibliography
265
Index
277
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B.W. Higman is Emeritus Professor of History, University of the West Indies, and Emeritus Professor of History, Australian National University. He is the author of eleven books on Caribbean history, archaeology and geography, including the award-winning publications Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807?1834; Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807?1834; Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; Montpelier, Jamaica: A Plantation Community in Slavery and Freedom, 1739?1912; Writing West Indian Histories; Plantation Jamaica, 1750?1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy; and Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture. His most recent books are A Concise History of the Caribbean and How Food Made History.

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