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28 JANUARY

PLANTATION OVERSEER INVENTS REVOLTING PUNISHMENT FOR A SLAVE

[ 28 January 1756 ]

We catch a shocking glimpse of some of the sadistic punishments inflicted on slaves through the journals of Thomas Thistlewood, a plantation overseer in the British colony of Jamaica.

NEWS BREAKS OF A FAMINE IN BENGAL AND ‘CALAMITIES’ FOR BRITISH INVESTORS

[ 28 January 1771 ]

Today in 1771, news arrived in Britain of a famine in the East India Company’s newly acquired territory of Bengal. 

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