Jamaica as a British Colony When the British seized Jamaica from Spanish rule in 1655, which they occupied officially until 1962, there were fewer than 5000 inhabitants consisting of a mixture of indigenous families, colonial leaders and African slaves (Burnard, 1994, p. 63). By 1670, black Africans had become the enslaved majority, rising to a population of 210,000 in 1774 achieved through a massive importation of workers (Burnard, 1994, p. 63). During the time of slavery in the Caribbean therefore, the social construct of a society managed by the British utilized industrialized force to constrain warriors and workers of a faraway land, unused to the situation in which they were forced to become subservient. Under early British rule,...The end:
.....ty to ensure that they could create a new nation. The British encapsulated the island in a Federation of the West Indies in 1958, and released the country from colonial status entirely in 1962 (Burnard, 1994, p. 81). References Burnard, T. (1994). A failed settler society: marriage and demographic failure in early Jamaica. Journal of Social History, 28(1), 63-82. Ferguson, N. (2004). Empire: The rise and demise of the British world order and the lessons for global power. New York: Basic. Moore, B. Higman, B., Campbell, C., Bryan, P. Eds. (2003). Slavery, freedom and gender: the dynamics of Caribbean society. Kingstown: University of the West Indies Press. Northrup, D. (2002). The Atlantic slave trade (2nd ed.). Mason, OH: Cengage Learning.