National Geographic News: Jubilee

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In 1655 England took control of Jamaica from Spain and transformed the island from a modest cocoa-producing region to an enormously profitable plantation economy of slave-produced sugar, rum, and molasses. Jamaica served as a major British port in the transatlantic slave trade, providing rest and supplies for vessels en route to South Carolina, Massachusetts, and New York. Of the estimated 10 million African slaves transported to the Americas, nearly 2 million were transported through Jamaican ports.

From Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American Culture, by Howard Dodson, published by National Geographic Books (February 2003) in association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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Photograph courtesy Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
 
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