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Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World 1750–1820$
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Douglas Hamilton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071829

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071829.001.0001

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The eighteenth-century West Indies

The eighteenth-century West Indies

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(p.32) Chapter Two The eighteenth-century West Indies
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Scotland, the Caribbean and the Atlantic World 1750–1820
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Douglas J. Hamilton

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071829.003.0003

This chapter discusses social problems in the West Indies during the second half of the eighteenth century. Just as Scotland experienced great challenges and stresses in the second half of the eighteenth century so too did the West Indies. The most profound disjunctions lay between the free white residents and the communities of enslaved blacks and free people of colour and this manifested itself in the maintenance of a colour bar that determined the rights that were enjoyed or denied and the kind of employment that was undertaken. This chapter considers the scale of Scottish involvement in miscegenation and describes the ways in which Scots reacted to fathering illegitimate mixed-race children.

Keywords:   social problems, West Indies, Scotland, free white residents, enslaved blacks, colour bar, miscegenation, mixed-race children

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