Slave Populations of the British Caribbean, 1807-1834

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Press, University of the West Indies, 1995 - History - 781 pages
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"Reprint of work that originally appeared in 1984 (see HLAS 48:2517b). Excellent and thorough treatment of major demographic aspects of British Caribbean slavery from abolition of slave trade to slave emancipation. Draws heavily on extensive data available from slave registration returns for various islands to provide comparative perspective of nature of slave life. Excellent tables and figures. Essential for serious scholars of the region"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
 

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Contents

Slavery and Comparative History
1
Physical and Economic Environments
40
Growth and Distribution of the Slave Populations
72
Structure of the Slave Populations
100
Urban Regimes
226
Health
260
Fertility Mortality and Natural Increase
303
Refuge and Resistance
379
Birthplace
442
Age
459
Color
526
Stature
532
Occupation 547
56-6
Births and Deaths 603
58-9
Vital Rates
636
Notes
705

Slavery and Population History
395
Geographical Distribution
409
Ownership
431
Bibliography
739
Index
767
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About the author (1995)

B. W. Higman is the William Keith Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University. He is the author of ten books on Caribbean history, archaeology and geography, including Slave Population and Economy in Jamaica, 1807 1834 (Cambridge University Press, 1976, awarded the Bancroft Prize), Plantation Jamaica 1750 1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy (2005) and Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture (2008). Higman is Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica.

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