The ultimate sin: Christianising slaves in Barbados in the seventeenth century

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Abstract

My article traces the changing attitudes toward slave conversion in seventeenth-century Barbados - from hesitant discomfort in the mid-seventeenth century, to virulent rejection in 1680 - and argues that the attempted rebellion of 1675, which was widely blamed on Quaker proselytising efforts, played a pivotal role in the development of an antagonistic attitude toward missionaries in Barbados. The 1675 attempted rebellion, I suggest, linked slave conversion with slave rebellion in a new and decisive way that had repercussions throughout the British West Indies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalSlavery and Abolition
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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