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West Indies


West Indies

Below are all the relevant This Sceptred Isle: Empire episodes relating to the West Indies. These series include details of the sugar trade and also the eventual abolition of slavery by the British. Please note that later historical episodes involving this region will be covered in series three of Empire. Therefore, corresponding episode pages will be available when this series is broadcast.

12th Century

17th Century

18th Century

19th Century

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Phillip Barker
My maternal lineage goes back to 17th century Barbados. Having lived there for several years I was surprised, on my return, to discover just how many people in the UK have little appreciation of Britain's colonial - and slave owning - associations with the West Indies. Nowadays, for most people, Barbados is just one of those holiday islands in the Caribbean that they mix up with the Bahamas or Bermuda. In Monmouthshire, my new home, there is a hill in the Wye Valley called "Barbadoes Hill", on which - and I'm not sure of the detail here - either returning indentured servants or former transportees from the Monmouth Rebellion were settled.

Mrs Audrene F Sutherland
My maternal lineage includes management of slave on at least one plantation growing crops. The Waltham Estate, Jamaica may have been one. The family married into a Kennedy family. They maintained a wide family, even when the children were returned to Scotland with their mother to Edinburgh for an education at the expense of the family left in Jamaica. The income came from a Kingston Banker & Bill Broker who was my mother`s Great Grandfather. I look forward to a chance to re-evaluate my thoughts about this.

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