The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 39, Issue 2

Article 4
A Comparison of the Colonial Laws of Jamaica under Governor Thomas Lynch 1681–1684 with Those Enumerated in the John Taylor Manuscript of 1688

Vicki Crow Via


Colonial law illustrates the social values within a colony, the relationship of a colony to the mother country, and how those values and dependencies change over time. Colonists used the legislature as an instrument of political resistance to the “mother country”, and local statutes often served to protect the relative independence of a colony. Laws and statutes often reflect the need to maintain the social and physical security of chosen individuals in society. The formulators define that security and the intent of the law. This analysis considers the colonial laws of Jamaica with a focus on the period 1681–1684.