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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century$
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Andrew Porter

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.001.0001

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The British West Indies

The British West Indies

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(p.470) 21 The British West Indies
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume III: The Nineteenth Century
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Gad Heuman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205654.003.0021

The British West Indies in 1815 consisted of a large number of islands and territories acquired over two centuries. The economies of the British West Indies in the nineteenth century have been the source of considerable debate. Although different in their economies and their political structures, all British West Indian colonies were slave societies. The abolitionists decided to establish a new organization and a new policy to deal with the problem of colonial slavery. By ending the apprenticeship system early, planters in the British West Indies believed they would no longer be subject to further Imperial legislation. Crown Colony government brought certain advantages and problems.

Keywords:   British West Indies, economies, colonies, colonial slavery, apprenticeship system, Imperial legislation, Crown Colony government

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