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Guyana: Scots & slaves in the late 18th/early 19th centuries

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:45 pm
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Scots & slave plantations in the late 18th/early 19th centuries

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The Republic of Guyana [formerly British Guiana], on the north coast of South America, was created by the amalgamation of the former Dutch colonies of Demerara, Berbice and Essequibo. Great Britain gained control of these colonies in 1796 but British merchants had been heavily involved in the plantations for many years before this.

The purpose of this web site is to share my ongoing research on the role of Scots – particularly those from the Highlands of Scotland – in these colonies, before the emancipation of slaves in 1834. Few, if any, of these Scots intended to make their home there. Their intention was to make money, to make as much money as possible and as quickly as possible, and to return home.