The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 40, Issue 1

Article 5
Centring the City in the Amelioration of Slavery in Trinidad, 1824–1834

Claudius Fergus


This article attempts to explore the importance of the capital town of Trinidad as a window to a better understanding of the slave system in that colony during the period of official amelioration. The article attempts to show that the enslaved were also actively involved in the construction of amelioration, and that the centring of the city in the amelioration experiment was largely their work. The article also explores a hitherto neglected aspect of the historiography of slave resistance by demonstrating how enslaved persons used the law to advance their own interests and harass and frustrate the slavocracy.