1800-1859 | Executions | Jamaica | Slavery

Slaves in Jamaica refuse to work for their British slave masters

27 December 1831 On 27 December 1831, a widespread slave strike occurred in Jamaica, then an integral part of the British Empire. A severe drought during the summer had brought increased hardship for the slave population, which was compounded by the ruthlessness of the plantation owners, who insisted on their legal right to flog both…