October Journal Club Annoucement

Ligon Barbados MapRichard Ligon, The True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados (1657)

The next meeting of the History Journal Club will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at 2pm in DM370.  For the October meeting, we will focus on reading and using secondary sources.  To help us springboard into that discussion, the October article is Linford D. Fisher, “‘Dangerous Designes’: The 1676 Barbados Act to Prohibit New England Indian Slave Importation.”  Fisher uncovered the full text of the 1676 Barbadian “Act of Explanation to the Act of Negroes, and to prohibite the bringing of Indians to this Island.”  From the title, many historians assumed previously that the act banned all importation of enslaved Native Americans to Barbados, whereas the act only barred New England Indians.  Fisher’s work thus marked a turning point for historians’ discussions of slavery in Barbados and the Atlantic trade in enslaved Native North Americans.  The arguments and conclusions of older secondary sources, in particular, must now be reconsidered.

Dr. Ferdinando

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