Tag: slaves

Henry de la Beche defends slavery

December 4, 2020 5 Comments
Henry de la Beche defends slavery

If you were a financial beneficiary of a Caribbean sugar plantation dependent on slave labour, how would you react to the movement to abolish slavery?  Fight the movement aggressively in order to defend your interests?  Keep your head down and wait to collect your government compensation?  Admit the rightness of the movement’s cause, and ‘disinvest’?  […]

Continue Reading »

John Ystumllyn: an African in 18th century Eifionydd

August 27, 2017 18 Comments
John Ystumllyn: an African in 18th century Eifionydd

  It wasn’t his real name, ‘John Ystumllyn’, but one the locals gave him. Another was ‘Jac Du’ or ‘Jack Black’. How he arrived, unwillingly, in north Wales is obscure. What is certain is that his origins were in Africa, and that he found a home for himself and his family in the Criccieth area […]

Continue Reading »