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Edward Long

(1734—1813) planter and commentator on Jamaican affairs


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(1734–1813). Historian of Jamaica and writer on slavery. Long was born in England, a member of a family that had long been settled in Jamaica and owned plantations there. Long himself spent only twelve years (1757–69) in Jamaica, where he was a judge, a member of the House of Assembly, and (for a very brief period) its Speaker, but he always identified himself with the interests of the Jamaican plantocracy, that is, the group of white landowners whose prosperity depended on the ownership of sugar plantations worked by slaves.

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From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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