Slavery and Revolution

Jamaica and Slavery in the Age of Revolution

This site is about Jamaica and slavery during the Age of Revolution. It was created by Christer Petley, Professor of Atlantic History, at the University of Southampton.

The site includes transcriptions from 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 can help us to understand how slaveholding was perpetuated, resisted and, eventually, ended in the British empire.

You can find news and posts, including blog-posts and short articles, about slavery in Britain and America, and its tenacious legacies.

You can also use theĀ ‘contexts‘ section of this site to learn about slavery and abolition during the period shaped by the American, French and Haitian Revolutions – between about 1775 and 1838.

The documents showcased here have formed part of the research for this book (click on the cover image to find out more):