The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 45, Issue 2

Article 2
Did Slavery Really Matter in the Cayman Islands?

Christopher Williams


This paper presents the argument that Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands represented a viable slave society throughout its slave century (1734–1834). Keen to counter the popular Caymanian claim that Grand Cayman did not represent a “true” slave society, the author thereafter strives to confirm this island’s slavocratic worth by analysing the ways in which its hierarchical, demographic, and economic conditions illumined the institutional importance of slavery despite the fact of that island’s relative isolation, neglect and poverty.