Emancipation Park, Kingston Jamaica

On this day in 1834 the British Empire officially abolished slavery in the colonies. While the Christmas Uprising of Jamaican slaves was the impetus for Parliament to abolish slavery, former slaves were not yet fully free, being indentured to their former masters’ service for a full four additional years after Emancipation. Further complicating the situation was domination of colony councils by strong, landowning, planter interests whose chief goal was to maintain low labour costs.  While legislators titularly recognized the rights of free Blacks, Browns and “Mulattos” to vote, reality saw government dominated by well-vested, White landed interests as they wereRead More →