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West Indian slavery and British abolition, 1783-1807
1. Producing a peculiar commodity 2. The Atlantic economy's political economic power 3. Jamaican planters and the London West India interest 4. The production and distribution of Jamaican muscovadoExpand
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Does Decline Make Sense? The West Indian Economy and the Abolition of the British Slave Trade
  • D. Ryden
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • 2001
Most historians describe the moral distaste for slavery as the sole reason for the cessation of the British slave trade. Data from the Caribbean, however, along with contemporary commentary, showExpand
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Manumission in Late Eighteenth-Century Jamaica
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Sugar, spirits, and fodder: The London West India interest and the glut of 1807–15
This article is an overview of the lobbying activities of the London Society of West India Planters and Merchants (the Society) during the period between Britain's slave trade abolition and theExpand
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‘One of the Fertilest Pleasentest Spotts’: An analysis of the slave economy in Jamaica's St Andrew parish, 1753
Governor Knowles' agricultural census of 1753 is the best documentation of Jamaica's plantation economy and rural society during the eighteenth century. Although limited to the south-central parishExpand
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Producing a Peculiar Commodity: Jamaican Sugar production, Slave Life, and Planter Profits on the Eve of Abolition, 1750–1807
  • D. Ryden
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
  • 1 June 2001
This dissertation is a study of the Jamaican sugar economy and slave society on the eve of the abolition of the British slave trade.This dissertation was completed in the Department of History at theExpand
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Does Decline Make Sense? The West Indian Economy and the Abolition of the Slave Trade
Does Decline Make Sense? TheWest Indian Economy and the Abolition of the British Slave Trade One of the most lively and long-lived historical controversies centers on the causes of BritishExpand
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“One of the Finest and Most Fruitful Spots in America”: An Analysis of Eighteenth-Century Carriacou
  • D. Ryden
  • Economics
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • 28 February 2013
Analysis of the 1776 and 1790 agricultural censuses from Carriacou overturns the notion that only farmers with small holdings cultivated cotton in the West Indies. The evidence shows that cottonExpand
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