Letter from John Browne on St. Christopher Island to Martin Blake, in London,
1755 March 26.
|Main Creator:||Browne, John, active 1755|
Browne makes reference to a previous letter, written after Arthur Blake's death, in which he had introduced himself to Martin Blake as a relative, who had been employed by Arthur Blake. He mentions the estate called Penelles, the management of which was offered to him by a Mr. Murphy. Browne discusses the management of the plantation on the island (now more commonly called Saint Kitt's) and of the slave labour used.
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 (2 pages).
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