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The History of Jamaica

The History of Jamaica
Or, General Survey of the Antient and Modern State of that Island, with Reflections on its Situation, Settlements, Inhabitants, Climate, Products, Commerce, Laws, and Government
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Slavery and Abolition

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108016476

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  • Edward Long's three-volume work marks a major turning point in the historiography of Jamaica, as the first attempt at a comprehensive description of the colony, its history, government, people, economy and geography. The son of a prominent Jamaican plantation owner, Long (1734–1813) spent twelve years running his father's property, an experience which permeates his vision of the island's past, present and future. Long defends slavery as 'inevitably necessary' in Jamaica, suggesting the institution to be implicit in the 'possession of British freedom'. The book includes accounts of the Spanish colonial period in Jamaica, the British colonial government, slavery and the slave rebellions, the economy and infra-structure of the island, and its climate and natural history. This important 1774 book provides fascinating insights into eighteenth-century colonial Jamaica and the ideology of its commercial and administrative elite.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108016476
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 155 mm
    • weight: 3.1kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:Introduction
    Book 1:
    1. Of the government and constitution
    2. Of the Governor
    3. Lieutenant Governor and President
    4. Of the Council
    5. Of the Assembly
    6. Chief-Justice
    7. Court of Vice-admiralty
    8. Public officers
    9. Agent
    10. Militia
    On the legislative constitution of Jamaica
    11. The expedition to, and conquest of, Jamaica
    12. Dependencies of Jamaica
    Book 2:
    1. Of the Spanish settlement in Jamaica
    2. General description of Jamaica
    3. Agriculture
    4. Roads
    5. Trade
    6. Money
    Adddenda et corrigenda. Volume 2: Introduction
    Book 2:
    7. Topographical description of the island, Middlesex
    8. Surry
    9. Cornwall
    10. State of the clergy
    11. Mines
    12. Schools
    13. Of the inhabitants
    Book 3:
    1. Negroes
    2. Guiney slaves
    3. Of the Creole slaves and African negroes in Jamaica
    4. Francis Williams
    5. Laws affecting slaves
    6. Regulations for preserving health in Jamaica
    Corrigenda. Volume 3: Preface
    Book 3:
    7. Meteorological remarks on the climate and atmosphere of Jamaica
    8. A Synopsis of vegetable and other productions of this island
    Index to the synopsis
    General contents.

  • Author

    Edward Long

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