Slave revolts and conspiracies in seventeenth-century Barbados

1982 (Jerome Handler) “Slave revolts and conspiracies in seventeenth-century Barbados.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids–New West Indian Guide 56: 5-43.

The main purpose of this paper is to document and describe the major forms and incidents of collective slave resistance, or group actions or intentions of violence, against white authority during the formative years of Barbadian slave society. In addition, I seek to indicate some of the collective responses of whites to such resistance: the reprisals against slaves alleged to have been involved in conspiracies or other incidents; the major legislative enactments passed in the aftermath of real or imagined conspiracies; and incidents and alleged conspiracies which reflected the continuing fear of whites over the possibility of large-scale slave revolts.

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