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al-Sadiqa, Abu Bakr, Scherife of Timbuctoo (1835)

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Nicole Aljoe AbstractThe narrative of Abu Bakr al-Sadiqa (also known as Edward Donlan), came into being after British magistrate, Robert Madden while at a Jamaica market happened to see al-Sadiqa write his name in elegant Arabic. After talking with him, Madden asked al-Sadiqa to write a narrative of his history. Add Bookmark You need to […]

anon-guardaloupespeech-1709

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Scholarly Introduction“A Speech Made by a Black of Guardaloupe” was published in London in 1709 alongside an open letter, “A Letter from a Merchant at Jamaica To A Member of Parliament, Touching on the African Slave Trade,” both anonymously authored. According to Jack P. Greene, the letter does not name the specific member of Parliament […]

asaasalouis-narrative-1831

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Scholarly Introduction     Narrative of Louis Asa-Asa, A Captured African was first published in 1831 in the supplement to The History of Mary Prince. Thomas Pringle, the secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society, and the editor of Mary Prince’s History, appended paratextual materials to the History, including Louis Asa-Asa’s Narrative—calling it a “suitable appendix” and “convenient […]

ashy-narrative-1799

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Scholarly Introduction     The Narratives of Ashy and Sibell is a compilation of two short first-person, oral accounts given by Ashy and Sibell, two African-born enslaved women in Barbados. Their narratives were originally transcribed to print by John Ford in a 1799 manuscript. Little is known about John Ford other than that he was most […]

baquaquam-biography-1854

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AbstractThe Biography of Mahommah Baquaqua describes his homeland of Zoogoo (now Djougou, Benin) West Africa, and was written and revised from his own words by Samuel Moore in 1854. Notes My note… BibliographyWorks Cited <!– the following is an example and should be replaced with new citation: –> Ditchfield, G.M. “Sharp, Granville (1735-1813), Oxford Dictionary […]

Bonsaam-Moses-Prompterspeech-1734

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AbstractThe Speech of Moses Bon Saam is a revolutionary speech addressed to enslaved natives of the West Indies. Some if its prominent themes include warfare, technology and Native Caribbean self-worth. This particular reprint appears in the collected publications of the periodical The Prompter, edited by Aaron Hill and published in London from 1734-1736. Within this […]

clara-narrativeofclara-edwards-1793

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William Bond AbstractAll details concerning the life of Clara are contained within a long footnote to Bryan Edwards’s 1793 History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. The entire footnote can be found on pages 62-4 in Book IV, Chapter III of The History. Clara’s narrative is extremely short and is […]

cudjoe-narrativeofcudjoe-1793

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Scholarly IntroductionThe narrative of “Cudjoe” appears alongside another embedded narrative, “Clara,” in a footnote to Bryan Edwards’s 1793 The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. The entire footnote can be found on pages 62-4 in Book IV, Chapter III of The History. Cudjoe’s narrative begins in the second paragraph […]

earlewilliam-obi-1804

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Scholarly IntroductionWilliam Earle Jr.’s epistolary novel, Obi was first published in 1800 by Earle and Hemet in London. According to Srinivas Aravamudan, little is known about the life of William Earle Jr., outside of his career as a writer in England, which was controversial in that he was accused of plagiarism and defamation. William Earle’s […]

Edwards, Bryan, History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies (1793) vol2

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William Bond AbstractBryan Edwards’s The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies was first published in 1792 in two volumes – in London by John Stockdale and in Dublin by Luke White. Edwards (1743-1800) was a planter in Jamaica, where he had moved in 1759 to live with his uncle, […]

edwardsbryan-historicalsurveyofthefrenchcolony-1797

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AbstractThe following item’s full title “An Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo A Short Account of its Ancient Government, Political State, Population, Productions, and Exports; a Narrative of the Calamities which have Desolated the Country ever since the Year 1789, with some Reflections on their Causes and Probable Consequences; […]

edwardsbryan-historybritishcolonies-1793

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Scholarly Introduction Bryan Edwards’s The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies was first published in 1792 in two volumes – in London by John Stockdale and in Dublin by Luke White. Edwards (1743-1800) was a planter in Jamaica, where he had moved in 1759 to live with his uncle, […]

equianoolaudah-interestingnarrative-1793

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Scholarly Introduction The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano recounts the story, of a young man who was born in Eboe province in present day Nigeria, and was taken to England at a young age and forced into slavery. Through his ingenuity and hard work, he was able to purchase his own freedom and became a […]

equianoolaudah-interestingnarrative-1794

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Scholarly Introduction The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano recounts the story, of a young man who was born in Eboe province in present day Nigeria, and was taken to England at a young age and forced into slavery. Through his ingenuity and hard work, he was able to purchase his own freedom and became a […]

Grainger, James, West India Diseases (1764)

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David Medina AbstractAccording to Thomas Krise, Grainger’s Essay became the standard reference work for West Indian diseases and treatment immediately after its publication. The same Edinburgh publishing house, Mundell & Son, printed a second edition of Grainger’s Essay in 1802, which contains “Practical Notes, And a Linnaean Index” supplemented by William Wright, M.D.F.R.S. Physician to […]

graingerjames-sugarcanepoem-1764

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Scholarly Introduction James Grainger’s The Sugar-Cane was first published in 1764 in London by R. and J. Dodsley. Grainger was born in the early 1720s in Duns, Berwickshire on the Scottish border. He moved to London in the 1750s, where he worked as a literary critic, writing for The Monthly Review. In 1759, Grainger travelled […]

graingerjames-westindiadiseases-1802

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Scholarly IntroductionJames Grainger (c. 1721 – 1767) a Scottish doctor, poet, and translator first published An Essay on the More Common West-Indian Diseases; in 1764. Grainger’s Essay covers a wide range of topics but primarily deals with the care and treatment of slaves in the Caribbean by using “remedies which that country itself produces” (i). […]

greatbritainboardoftrade-reportofthelords-1789-part1

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Scholarly Introduction The Board of Trade, formerly the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, delivered this report to the British House of Commons as “the outcome of the first parliamentary enquiry into the slave trade” dated February 11, 1788. The 900-page parliamentary report is sourced from the testimonies of slave traders, planters, colonial agents and […]

greatbritainboardoftrade-reportofthelords-1789-part2

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Scholarly Introduction The Board of Trade, formerly the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, delivered this report to the British House of Commons as “the outcome of the first parliamentary enquiry into the slave trade” dated February 11, 1788. The 900-page parliamentary report is sourced from the testimonies of slave traders, planters, colonial agents and […]

greatbritainboardoftrade-reportofthelords-1789-part3

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Scholarly Introduction The Board of Trade, formerly the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations, delivered this report to the British House of Commons as “the outcome of the first parliamentary enquiry into the slave trade” dated February 11, 1788. The 900-page parliamentary report is sourced from the testimonies of slave traders, planters, colonial agents and […]

hallflorence-memoir-circa1810

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Scholarly Introduction“The Memoir of Florence Hall” is four, hand-written pages long. The narrative is undated and unsigned. It is presented as a first person account of the experience of the capture in Africa and enslavement in Jamaica of a woman whose African name was Akeiso, and who was now named Florence Hall. Although the narrator […]

Hilljohn-Georgeedwards-1751

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AbstractPublished in 1751, this fictional narrative written by John Hill is divided into four short books. The first book describes the history and genealogy of the Edwards family and explicitly names George Edwards the “hero” of the narrative. The second and third books outline relationships and the rise of George Edwards. The last book revolves […]

joanna-stedmanjohngabriel-1838

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Scholarly IntroductionBased on John Gabriel Stedman’s Narrative of a Five Year Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam (1796), the 1838 version of Stedman’s travel narrative focuses on Joanna, Stedman’s enslaved wife and concubine in Surinam. This 1838 edition was published by Isaac Knapp, an abolitionist and printer, who advertised Narrative of Joanna within a […]

Lee, Hannah Farnham Sawyer, The Memoir of Pierre Toussaint (1854)

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Liz Polcha AbstractThe Memoir of Pierre Toussaint by Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee was published in Boston in 1854, a year after Pierre Toussaint’s death. Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was a popular author of biographies and educational and domestically themed novels. Arthur Jones explains in his biography of Toussaint that Lee relied […]

Ligon, Richard, True Exact History of the Island of Barbados (1657)

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William Bond X Close ecda : : bookmarks Manage your ecda bookmarks and bookmark collections. You need to Login or Register to bookmark/favorite this content. AbstractThe History was first published in 1657 in London by Humphrey Moseley, and was well received in England: writer and gardener, John Evelyn, in a diary entry in 1668, contrasted […]

Long, Edward, Candid Reflections (1772)

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Lara Rose AbstractCandid Reflections was published in London for the bookseller T. Lowndes in 1772 and sold for one shilling and six pence. Edward Long (1734-1813), who signed this text anonymously as “a planter”, was an English lawyer with a family history of Caribbean colonialization and plantation ownership. Long lived in Jamaica from 1757-1769, serving […]

Long, Edward, History of Jamaica (1774) vol1

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Dania Dwyer AbstractFirst published by T. Lowndes in London in 1774, Edward Long’s History of Jamaica is considered to be a seminal work in Caribbean historiography. The three-volume work provides a comprehensive account of geographical, political, social and economic makeup of Jamaica from 1665 to 1774. The English-born son of a prominent Jamaican plantation owner, […]

longedward-historyofjamaica-1774-vol2

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Scholarly Introduction First published by T. Lowndes in London in 1774, Edward Long’s History of Jamaica is considered to be a seminal work in Caribbean historiography. The three-volume work provides a comprehensive account of geographical, political, social and economic makeup of Jamaica from 1665 to 1774. The English-born son of a prominent Jamaican plantation owner, […]

longedward-historyofjamaica-1774-vol3

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Scholarly Introduction First published by T. Lowndes in London in 1774, Edward Long’s History of Jamaica is considered to be a seminal work in Caribbean historiography. The three-volume work provides a comprehensive account of geographical, political, social and economic makeup of Jamaica from 1665 to 1774. The English-born son of a prominent Jamaican plantation owner, […]

moseleyben-sugartreatise-1800

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Scholarly Introduction     A Treatise on Sugar is one of several treatises in which the English physician Benjamin Moseley traces Euro-centric geographical histories of plant cultivation in the Caribbean. This treatise, as the others, culminates in observations about colonial agricultural production and the plantation’s related scientific cultures in the Caribbean. Mosley’s other treatises include A […]

princemary-thehistoryofmaryprince-1831

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Scholarly Introduction     Mary Prince was born into slavery in 1788 in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. In The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave Related by Herself, Prince recounts her life as a slave in Bermuda, and then Antigua. In Antigua, she converted to Moravianism and married a freeman named Daniel James. Throughout the […]

sibell-narrative-1799

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Scholarly Introduction     The Narratives of Ashy and Sibell is a compilation of two short first-person, oral accounts given by Ashy and Sibell, two African-born enslaved women in Barbados. Their narratives were originally transcribed to print by John Ford in a 1799 manuscript. Little is known about John Ford other than that he was most […]

Stedman, John Gabriel, Five Years Narrative (1796) vol1

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Liz Polcha AbstractIn 1771 John Gabriel Stedman, a Scots Brigade soldier who had served previously for eleven years in the Dutch military, volunteered to combat marooned escaped slaves in the Dutch colony of Suriname. Stedman spent four years (1773-1777) in Suriname, during which he kept a diary detailing his observations on plantation slavery, flora and […]

stedmanjohngabriel-fiveyearsnarrative-1796-vol2

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Scholarly IntroductionIn 1771 John Gabriel Stedman, a Scots Brigade soldier who had served previously for eleven years in the Dutch military, volunteered to combat marooned escaped slaves in the Dutch colony of Suriname. Stedman spent four years (1773-1777) in Suriname, during which he kept a diary detailing his observations on plantation slavery, flora and fauna, […]

Warner, Ashton, the Narrative of Ashton Warner (1831)

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Nicole Aljoe X Close ecda : : bookmarks Manage your ecda bookmarks and bookmark collections. You need to Login or Register to bookmark/favorite this content. AbstractPublished in March 1831, Negro Slavery Described by a Negro details the experiences of Ashton Warner of St. Vincent. It was transcribed by Susannah Strickland, the same woman who transcribed […]

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Bell, Henry, A Witch’s Legacy (1893)
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This novel was published in London, England by William Clowes and Sons in 1893, and is divided into twelve chapters.

Sir Henry Hesketh Joudou Bell (1864–1952) was a British colonial administrator and author. He began his career in the colonial service in the Bahamas with a minor position but was promoted to Administrator of Dominica within a few years. He was the Commissioner, and Governor of the Uganda Protectorate (1905–1909) where he was hugely successful in eradicating sleeping sickness. Port Bell in Kampala is named in his honour. He was later Governor of Northern Nigeria Protectorate (1909–1912), Governor of the Leeward Islands (1912–1916) and the 21st Governor of Mauritius (1916–1924). Bell authored several books including memoirs, fiction, and colonial history and administration.

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Bell, Henry, Obeah: Witchcraft in the West Indies (1893)
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Published in London by Sampson Lowe Marston and Company in 1893, this second edition of Obeah, Witchcraft in the West Indies was written by Hesketh Bell.

Sir Henry Hesketh Joudou Bell (1864–1952) was a British colonial administrator and author. He began his career in the colonial service in the Bahamas with a minor position but was promoted to Administrator of Dominica within a few years. He was the Commissioner, and Governor of the Uganda Protectorate (1905–1909) where he was hugely successful in eradicating sleeping sickness. Port Bell in Kampala is named in his honour. He was later Governor of Northern Nigeria Protectorate (1909–1912), Governor of the Leeward Islands (1912–1916) and the 21st Governor of Mauritius (1916–1924). Bell authored several books including memoirs, fiction, and colonial history and administration.

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Bon Saam, Moses, Speech of Moses Bon Saam (1735)
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The Speech of Moses Bon Saam is a revolutionary speech addressed to enslaved natives of the West Indies. Some if its prominent themes include warfare, technology, and Native Caribbean sovereignty. This particular reprint appears in the collected publications of the periodical The Prompter, edited by Aaron Hill and published in London from 1734-1736. The speech of Moses Bon Saam, given on the occasion of the slave revolt in the West Indies, was published in London in Issue 18 of the Prompter on Friday, January 10, 1735.

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Edgeworth, Maria, Grateful Negro and Manufacturers (1865)
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These two fictional short stories were written by Maria Edgeworth. Edgeworth was one of the first realist writers in children's literature and was a significant figure in the evolution of the novel in Europe. These stories were published together in 1865. The Grateful Negro’s plot centers around two slave owners, one who is cruel and one who is not. The Manufacturers is tale about social change.

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Edgeworth, Maria, Grateful Negro and the Birthday Present (1874)
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These two fictional short stories were written by Maria Edgeworth and published together in 1874. Edgeworth was one of the first realist writers in children's literature and was a significant figure in the evolution of the novel in Europe. The Grateful Negro’s plot centers around two slave owners, one who is cruel and one who is not. The Birthday Present tells the tale of girl who learns a lesson about generosity.

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Edwards, Bryan, Historical Survey of the French Colony, St. Domingo (1798)
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Edwards divided the two-volume History into six books, each book consisting of four to five chapters with appendices. The first book describes indigenous people of the Caribbean, as well as the ancient geography, climate and ecology of the islands. The second and third books focus on the early colonial history of the Caribbean, detailing in particular Anglo-Spanish relations. The fourth book consists largely of ethnography and Edwards's discussion of slavery: Edwards provides a history of the transatlantic slave trade, describes the state of modern slavery in the Caribbean and advances his argument against abolition. The fifth book is an examination of agriculture in the Caribbean, with a focus on the sugar industry. In the sixth and final book, Edwards describes the British system of colonial government in the West Indies and describes the recent history of political and economic relations with Britain and the newly independent United States.

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The Reverend Griffith Hughes (1707–c.1758), was a Welsh naturalist and author. Hughes wrote The Natural History of Barbados, which included the first description of the grapefruit, which Hughes called "The Forbidden Fruit". His work was praised by Linnaeus. Griffith Hughes was appointed rector of St Lucy’s Barbados in 1736, where his prolonged stay (until at least 1748) gave him the opportunity to carry out research into the natural history of the island. During a visit to England in 1743 he made the acquaintance of many of the leading scientists of the day, including Sir Hans Sloane. Hughes' work, which is divided into ten books, contains many engravings of Caribbean flora and fauna.

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The Reverend Griffith Hughes (1707–c.1758), was a Welsh naturalist and author. Hughes wrote The Natural History of Barbados, which included the first description of the grapefruit, which Hughes called "The Forbidden Fruit". His work was praised by Linnaeus. Griffith Hughes was appointed rector of St Lucy’s Barbados in 1736, where his prolonged stay (until at least 1748) gave him the opportunity to carry out research into the natural history of the island. During a visit to England in 1743 he made the acquaintance of many of the leading scientists of the day, including Sir Hans Sloane. Hughes' work, which is divided into ten books, contains many engravings of Caribbean flora and fauna.

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Peter Kalm (6 March 1716 – 16 November 1779) was a Swedish-Finnish explorer, botanist, naturalist, and agricultural economist. He has been cited as one of the most important apostles of Carl Linnaeus. First published in 1770, this is the first volume of Kalm's travel narrative. It relates Kalm's observations on the natural world in North America and the Caribbean.

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Lewis, Matthew, West India Proprietor (1834)
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Journal of a West India proprietor: kept during a residence in the Island of Jamaica was written by Matthew Gregory Lewis and was first published in London in 1834. Matthew Lewis is perhaps best known as the author of the popular Gothic novel The Monk. Lewis was a slave-owner who inherited two large plantations and made several visits to Jamaica to investigate the living and working conditions of the slaves on his plantations. His anecdotal record, the Journal of a West India Proprietor, offers a vivid account of plantation life from the perspective of a slave owner.

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Theodora Elizabeth Lynch (1812–1886) was an English poet and novelist of the 19th century and the daughter of a Jamaican plantation owner who owned over 400 slaves. This novel, as Lynch states in her introduction, is based on what the narrator states is "a long life of travel and observation" in the West Indies. It was published in London by Jarrold and Sons in 1856 and contains observations on various West Indian islands like Jamaica, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

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Theodora Elizabeth Lynch (1812–1886) was an English poet and novelist of the 19th century. She published this coming of age novel in 1865. This Bildungsroman takes place in Jamaica and is partly based on Lynch's experiences as the daughter of a Jamaican sugar planter--it has been reported that Theodora Lynch's father owned over 400 slaves. Prominent themes in the novel include domestic life and slave ownership.

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Manzano, Juan Francisco, Poems (1840)
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Juan Francisco Manzano (1797–1854) was born a slave in the Matanzas Province of Cuba. He began writing his autobiography while enslaved and obtained his freedom in 1836. After attaining his freedom, he wrote a book of poems and a play in Spanish. This English translation of Juan Francisco Manzano's collected poems was published in London in 1840. This edition also includes Manzano's narrative of his life as a slave in Cuba as well as a discussion of the slave trade.

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Ditchfield, G.M. “Sharp, Granville (1735-1813), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004;

online edition, Sept 2012.

 

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Greene, Jack P. Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge University

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Moseley, Benjamin, Medical Tracts (1800)
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Published in 1800, this medical text is the second edition of physician Benjamin Moseley's Treatise on medical conditions that were common in the West Indies. The Treatise contains eight sections that cover Caribbean diseases and illnesses, but the tracts also descrie the treatment an management of sugar plantations. The eight tracts included in this edition include: I. On sugar II. On the cow-pox.-- III. On the yaws.-- IV. On obi ; or African witchcraft.-- V. On the plague ; and yellow fever of America.-- VI. On hospitals.-- VII. On bronchocele.-- VIII. On prisons

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Phillpotts, Eden, Obiman (1893)
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Eden Phillpotts was an English author, poet, and dramatist born in 1862 in British India. He was a prolific writer who published many short stories, novels, and plays. The Obiman is short story that takes place in Tobago and was published in New York by Harper's Weekly. In this story an "ancient" man named Jesse practices the supernatural art known as obeah.

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Sessarakoo, William, The Royal African (1749)
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The Royal Prince presents itself as an account of Prince William Sessarakoo's life as both a slave and a popular nobleman abroad. Published in London in 1749, its primary focuses lie not in the personal narrative of the young Prince, but rather on his depictions of trade between Europe and Africa and admiration for English culture in general.

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Steele, Richard, Inkle and Yarico (1711)
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The supposedly factual narrative may have first appeared in Richard Ligon’s A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes published in 1657. In this 1711 version, published in The Spectator, Richard Steele depicts Yarico as a Native American sold into slavery while bearing Inkle's child. This story was later turned into a comic opera that saw a modern revival in the 20th century.

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Steele, Richard, The Spectator Collection (1767)
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This pdf represents the 1711 issues of the London periodical, The Spectator, collected and published in Glasgow in 1767 by Richard Steele. Within this collection is the Story of Inkle and Yarico. Richard Steele, as the editor of The Spectator, published this version of the Inkle and Yarico story in Issue 11. The story is about a sailor named Thomas Inkle falling in love with an indigenous woman named Yarico, which Steele claims to have read in A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes, by Richard Ligon; however, the story may be oft-repeated folklore.

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Thomas, John, Creole Grammar (1869)
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First published by the Chronicle Publishing office in Trinidad in 1869, this grammar book by John Jacob Thomas presents creole orthography, etymology, syntax, and interpretation of idioms. John Jacob Thomas was a Trinidadian writer and linguist who published Creole Grammar after working as a school master in Trinidad.

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Thomson, James, Diseases (1820)
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Published in 1820, this medical treatise was written by physician James Thomson, M.D. It describes common disease found on the island of Jamaica and contains information about signs, symptoms, and treatments of those diseases. While most of the treatise describes diseases found on the island of Jamaica, the treatise also describes the management of slaves. The introductory remarks and the concluding list of medicines suggest that the illnesses and treatments described by Thomson are not strictly limited to the Caribbean islands.

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Tonna, Charlotte, The System (1827)
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Charlotte Tonna (1 October 1790 – 12 July 1846) was a popular Victorian English writer and novelist who wrote using the pen name Charlotte Elizabeth. First Published in 1827, The System: A Tale of the West Indies is a work of fiction that depicts slavery in England's Caribbean colonies. Prominent themes in the novel include Christianity and conversion as well as the treatment of slaves on plantations.

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Wilkins, Marcella, Slaveson (1854)
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Published in England in 1854, this slave narrative set in Trinidad was written by Marcella Wilkins. In the introduction to this novel, Wilkins claims that began writing the book in 1840 but was compelled to complete it after the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. One of the central themes of the novel is the abolition of slavery.

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Williams, Cynric R, Hamel: The Obeah Man (1827) vol1
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A gothic novel in two volumes, Hamel, The Obeah Man was first published anonymously in 1827. The Novel is set in early nineteenth-century Jamaica, and tells the story of a slave rebellion. The novel’s plot primarily follows Hamel, the spiritual leader of the rebels. The novel has been cited as the first novel written in or about the West Indies to feature an obeah practitioner as protagonist and have that protagonist speak, at length, about himself and his beliefs. The novel maintains a proslavery stance.

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A gothic novel in two volumes, Hamel, The Obeah Man was first published anonymously in 1827. The Novel is set in early nineteenth-century Jamaica, and tells the story of a slave rebellion. The novel’s plot primarily follows Hamel, the spiritual leader of the rebels. The novel has been cited as the first novel written in or about the West Indies to feature an obeah practitioner as protagonist and have that protagonist speak, at length, about himself and his beliefs. The novel maintains a proslavery stance.

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Candid Reflections was published in London for the bookseller T. Lowndes in 1772 and sold for one shilling and six pence. Edward Long (1734-1813), who signed ...

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Ditchfield, G.M. “Sharp, Granville (1735-1813), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004;

online edition, Sept 2012.

 

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Greene, Jack P. Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge University

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Slavery—Law and Legislation; Slavery; Slave Trade; Villeinage; James Sommersett; Great Britain; West Indies; West Indian climate

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Rose, Lara. An Introduction to Edward Long's Candid Reflections (1772).” The Early Caribbean Digital Archive. Northeastern University Digital Repository Service, 2016.

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The full title of this narrative is Narrative of James Williams, an American Slave, Who Was for Several Years a Driver on a Cotton Plantation in Alabama. As the title suggests, the work is an autobiographical narrative about Williams' life as a slave in Jamaica. It was written between 1834 and 1837 and was published in London in 1837. James' narrative has been cited as the first slave narrative published by the American Anti-Slavery Society.

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