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From Africa to JamaicaThe Making of an Atlantic Slave Society, 17751807$
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Audra A. Diptee

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034829

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034829.001.0001

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The Atlantic Crucible

The Atlantic Crucible

(p.8) 1 The Atlantic Crucible
From Africa to Jamaica

Audra A. Diptee

University Press of Florida

The history of the Atlantic slave trade is a history of human encounters. Relationships between blacks and whites under slavery may have been defined by “race” and “power,” but it was also defined by perception. In the final decades of the British slave trade, captive Africans not only made it onto British ships but also arrived in Jamaica in numbers unmatched in previous years. The expansion of the Jamaican plantation economy, for which the Haitian Revolution was a catalyst, required that more captive men, women, and children were to be caught, captured, and even killed if the increased demand for enslaved labor in Jamaica was to be met. Unfortunately, during this period, trading mechanisms on the African coast were already well established and easily facilitated the increased numbers of captives shipped to Jamaica.

Keywords:   Atlantic slave trade, British slave trade, captive Africans, Jamaican plantation economy, Haitian Revolution

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