1500-1799 | Burning crops | Burning villages | Saint Vincent | Starvation campaigns

Genocide on St. Vincent – ‘The savages will be starved into compliance’

27 July 1796 On 27 July 1796, Major General Hunter, commanding 3000 British troops on the island of St. Vincent, launched the final phase of a campaign to expel the Black Caribs, a population originating from both the indigenous Indian population and escaped slaves, from their land. As the Scots Magazine explained to its readers, the general…

1500-1799 | Slavery

MPs love of the opera means slavery abolition bill fails

15 March 1796 On 15 March 1796, a slavery abolition bill narrowly failed to gain a majority in the House of Commons, falling short by just 74 to 70 votes.  There were naturally a large number of MPs, especially those with vested interests and investments in either slave trading or the plantation economies of the…