Letter from Patrick Burke on St. Christopher Island to Martin Blake, in London,
1755 Jan. 10.
|Main Creator:||Burke, Patrick, active 1754|
The letter concerns the management of a sugar plantation on the island (now more commonly called Saint Kitt's) and of the slave labour used, including details of illness amongst the slaves. On the outside fold of the letter is written, in a different hand, some information about Patrick Burke, including how he had managed Penelles estate, and was succeeded there by Mr. Brown, after the death of Arthur Blake.
Martin Blake appears to be the owner of the plantation.
St. Christopher Island is now part of a two-island country in the West Indies, called Saint Kitts and Nevis. It is in the British Commonwealth. In the 1750s parts of the island were under British control and parts under the French. Very many captured Africans were brought to the island to work as slaves on the sugar plantations. There is a strong Irish connection with some of the Caribbean Islands, including Saint Kitts. After the Cromwellian plantations there were many landed gentry and unemployed soldiers looking for a place to settle and make money. In additon many Irish were sent to the Caribbean as bonded labourers.
Physical description: 1 item (4 pages).
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|MS 50,388||Manuscripts Reading Room||Manuscripts|
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