The 1816 Slave Revolt in Barbados: An Exchange in Barbados Newspapers

2000   The Barbados Slave Insurrection of 1816: Can it be properly called “Bussa’s Rebellion”? The Advocate and The Nation, March and April.

A heated exchange in two Barbados newspapers concerning the only slave revolt in the island’s history. Handler’s position, stated in several articles in the Advocate, is that there is no documentary evidence that a slave named Busso/Bussa was the prime organizer or leader of the revolt or played a greater role than others who were accused by whites of leadership roles. Professor Hilary Beckles, writing in the Nation, attributes this singular role to Busso/Bussa.

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