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Ruma Chopra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220469

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220469.001.0001

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(p.183) Epilogue
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Ruma Chopra

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When the British Empire abolished slavery in 1833, their West Indian colonies confronted a severe labor shortage. Caribbean elites knew that slaves despised fieldwork and would not be ready to voluntarily perform the labor they had endured as slaves. Unprepared to forgo the profits of sugar plantations, the British government looked to Africa and Asia for new sources of dependent labor. The Maroons of Trelawney Town unexpectedly found a route to return home.

Keywords:   Indentured labor/apprenticeship, Free labor, Abolition of slavery, Black diaspora, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Emancipation

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