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Introduction

Audra A. Diptee

in From Africa to Jamaica

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034829
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034829.003.0001
Introduction

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This book traces the historical trajectory of the men, women, and children forcibly transported to Jamaica in the last thirty-two years of the British slave trade. It looks at the dynamics that shaped their lives as well as how they interpreted and sometimes even forced change on the Atlantic system that wrenched them from Africa. The link between Africa and Jamaica was, of course, the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was the system that facilitated the killing, capture, and sale of men, women, and children who were to be shipped across the Atlantic to provide forcibly their labor. The history of this system is, first and foremost, then, about lives lived and lives lost. The history of these lives has been told many times, in many ways; with each retelling, efforts have been made to move one step further from “silencing the past.”

Keywords: historical trajectory; Jamaica; British slave trade; Atlantic system; silencing the past

Chapter.  2667 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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