Manumission in Late Eighteenth-Century Jamaica

  title={Manumission in Late Eighteenth-Century Jamaica},
  author={David Beck Ryden},
  journal={New West Indian Guide},
  • D. Ryden
  • Published 7 December 2018
  • History
  • New West Indian Guide
Manumission touched comparatively few slaves, but it proved to be an essential institution for the growth of Jamaica’s free population-of-color. Heretofore, there have been no systematic studies of manumission records for the eighteenth century. This paper analyzes manumission deeds filed as official records in the island’s Secretary’s office during the 1770s. These documents are scrutinized in light of Edward Long’s 1774 discussion on the free population and the manumission process. Despite… 

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