This site is about Jamaica and slavery during the Age of Revolution.

Find out about slavery and abolition during the period shaped by the American, French and Haitian Revolutions – between about 1775 and 1820 – using the ‘contexts‘ section as well as exploring detailed source material, news and updates.

The main focus of the site is a collection of letters written by Simon Taylor, a wealthy and powerful Jamaican slaveholder. These letters are an important source of information about Caribbean slavery during the Age of Revolution that provide one important way into exploring how slaveholding was perpetuated, resisted and, eventually, ended in the British empire.

In addition you can find news and posts about the histories of slavery, resistance and abolition. These updates focus on academic work and events, as well as on public history and work by students.

You can keep up with news about the Slavery and Revolution site and the themes it covers on twitter, via @SlandRev.

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Plantations and Homes

This article is about the wealth and material culture of the Jamaican elite during the age of abolition. The planter class had a huge material investment in plantation slavery, and wealth derived from this allowed it to live ostentatiously and to consume conspicuously. Those who did not migrate away from Jamaica were drawn towards colonial towns, many of them taking up residence in, or at the edges of, urban centres. Lists of personal property found in probate inventories show how planters cultivated separate spheres of activity on the plantations and at their peri-urban homes, putting physical and cultural distance between themselves and the sources of their wealth. Click here

Full text of accepted manuscript: Petley – Plantations and Homes

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