The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 39, Issue 1

Article 3
The Colonial Origins of English Wealth: The Harewoods of Yorkshire

James Walvin


The fortunes of the Lascelles/Harewood family of Yorkshire provide an example of wealth creation for the successful (and fortunate) British investors in the Atlantic slave system. But was the Harewood money made from trade, or from plantation ownership, or both? This essay seeks to explain, and to answer the question, “What happens to money made from slavery when returned to Britain?”