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Slavery in the Caribbean...

2005 April Historical Manuscripts & Autographs Auction #611

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 13, 2005
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Slavery in the Caribbean A large and ornate manuscript document measuring 28.5" x 23.5" on vellum with a smaller attached page, Glasgow, December 18, 1804, a deed in which James Muir of Glasgow sells a 165 acre sugar plantation on St. Vincent (known as "Monkton's Land") to Edmund Fleming Akers of London for 2,260 pounds. The deed, in addition to describing the land in detail, lists the other articles of "property" which included 179 slaves -- sixty-three men, seventy-two women, fifteen boys and nineteen girls. Each is listed by their name in alphabetical order and divided by gender. Names include a variety of typical appellations of the day that typify paternalistic impulses of plantation owners and their ability to dehumanize their charges: "Fido," "Ceaser," and "Pet." Other slaves were named by their occupation including "Boatswiain." Others are identified by their complexion with names like "Yellow John." Other names include "Laurent," "Jan England," "Munday," "Dick Mason," and "Franco." Light, damp-stains, usual folds, otherwise very clean and bright. An excellent example from a dark period in history. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary.

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