Show Notes: The St. Kitts Slave Revolt

Tracy Wilson

Mt. Misery, as seen from the sea. Photo by Tracy V. Wilson

When it comes to the uprising on St. Kitts in 1834, "slave revolt" is a bit of a misnomer. The uprising stemmed from the British Empire's plan for manumitting most of the remaining enslaved people in its territories. Rather than emancipating everyone at once, slaves would become "apprentices" who would work for a period of years before being truly freed. But on the day they were to be emancipated - but were still expected to work at the same jobs for free - so-called apprentices abandoned plantations all over St. Kitts.

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