Tag Archives: Barbados

Diseases and Medical Disabilities of Enslaved Barbadians, From the Seventeenth Century to around 1838

2006 (Jerome Handler) “Diseases and Medical Disabilities of Enslaved Barbadians, From the Seventeenth Century to around 1838, Part I, Part II.” Journal of Caribbean History 40: 1-38 and 40: 177-214. The disease environment, health problems, and causes of mortality of … Continue reading

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Jonathan Corncob Visits Barbados: Excerpts from a Little-Known 18th Century Novel

2006 (F. Brady and J. Handler) “Jonathan Corncob Visits Barbados: Excerpts from a Little-Known 18th Century Novel.”  JBMHS 52: 17-34. Published in 1787, this obscure satirical novel written by an author who to this day remains anonymous treats the adventures … Continue reading

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A Rare Eighteenth-Century Tract in Defense of Slavery in Barbados: The Thoughts of the Rev. John Duke, Curate of St. Michael

2005 (Jerome S. Handler) “A Rare Eighteenth-Century Tract in Defense of Slavery in Barbados: The Thoughts of the Rev. John Duke, Curate of St. Michael.”  JBMHS 51: 58-65. In this article I summarize the contents and argument of this rare … Continue reading

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Plantation Slave Settlements in Barbados, 1650s to 1834

2002 (Jerome Handler) “Plantation Slave Settlements in Barbados, 1650s to 1834.” In A. Thompson, ed., In the Shadow of the Plantation: Caribbean History and Legacy (Ian Randle publisher, Kingston, Jamaica),  pp. 121-158. This paper describes the antecedents of many rural … Continue reading

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On the Early Use and Origin of the Term ‘Obeah’ in Barbados and the Anglophone Caribbean

2001 (J. S. Handler and K. M. Bilby) “On the Early Use and Origin of the Term ‘Obeah’ in Barbados and the Anglophone Caribbean.” Slavery & Abolition 22: 87-100. The medicinal complex of Barbadian (and other Caribbean slaves) fundamentally rested … Continue reading

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

2000 (Jerome Handler) “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. … Continue reading

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Slave medicine and Obeah in Barbados, circa 1650 to 1834

2000 (Jerome Handler) “Slave medicine and Obeah in Barbados, circa 1650 to 1834.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids–New West Indian Guide 74: 57-60. This article describes the medical beliefs and practices of Barbadian slaves. Author discusses the role of supernatural forces in … Continue reading

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Life Histories of Enslaved Africans in Barbados

1998 (Jerome Handler) “Life Histories of Enslaved Africans in Barbados.” Slavery & Abolition 19: 129-41. Scholars of New World slavery and the transatlantic slave trade are well aware that there are very few first-hand accounts by enslaved Africans of their … Continue reading

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Problematical Glass Artifacts from Newton Plantation Slave Cemetery, Barbados

1998 (Jerome S. Handler) “Problematical Glass Artifacts from Newton Plantation Slave Cemetery, Barbados.” African American Archaeology 20: 1, 5-6. This paper discusses two virtually identical small translucent glass objects of apparent European manufacture that were found associated with two different … Continue reading

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Escaping Slavery in a Caribbean Plantation Society: Marronage in Barbados, 1650s-1830s

1997 (Jerome Handler) “Escaping Slavery in a Caribbean Plantation Society: Marronage in Barbados, 1650s-1830s.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids–New West Indian Guide 71: 183-225. Slave flight or marronage, although not always with the intent or hope of permanently escaping the slave system, … Continue reading

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