British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery: The Legacy of Eric by Barbara Lewis Solow, Stanley L. Engerman

By Barbara Lewis Solow, Stanley L. Engerman

Sleek scholarship at the dating among British capitalism and Caribbean slavery has been profoundly encouraged through Eric Williams's 1944 vintage, Capitalism and Slavery. the current quantity represents the lawsuits of a convention on Caribbean Slavery and British Capitalism convened in his honour in 1984, and comprises essays on Dr Williams's scholarly paintings and impression. those essays, via 13 students from the USA, England, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean, discover the connection among nice Britain and her plantation slave colonies within the Caribbean.

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During the ensuing Civil War, communication with the mother country was disrupted. The island declared its neutrality; it exercised virtual independence; and its trade passed largely to the Dutch. Although we have no reliable data on the flow of servants to Barbados during the initial years of the Civil War, we can assume that the trade in indentured laborers, like all other trade with England, was curtailed—or, at the very least, rendered irregular and unreliable. 48 Slaves arrived in in47 Goslinga contends that one aspect of the Dutch invasion of Brazil was to put Spanish intercolonial trade in the Caribbean at Dutch mercy.

An intense debate developed in the Nethdeclared that the slave population of Mexico around 1640 was 80,000. Colin A. Palmer considers this figure too high. But it is the nature of Palmer's comment that is most interesting: if the official number of black slaves entering Mexico before 1640 was 110,525, contraband entries might have been sufficiently numerous to bring up the number to 150,000, making Solis's figure (80,000 in 1640) appear less outrageous. Palmer, Slaves of the White God: Blacks in Mexico, 1370-1650 (Cambridge, Mass.

See their "Dutch Participation in the Slave Trade, 1596-1650" in Gemery and Hogendorn, The Uncommon Market, p. 374. 55 C. R. Boxer, The Dutch in Brazil 1624-1654 (Oxford, 1957), p. 66.

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