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Open Access Escaping slavery in a Caribbean plantation society : marronage in Barbados, 1650s-1830s

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Escaping slavery in a Caribbean plantation society : marronage in Barbados, 1650s-1830s

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Disputes the idea that Barbados was too small for slaves to run away. Author describes how slaves in Barbados escaped the plantations despite the constraints of a relatively numerous white population, an organized militia, repressive laws, and deforestation. Concludes that slave flight was an enduring element of Barbadian slave society from the 17th c. to emancipation.

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