12 Facts About Slavery in Jamaica That Shaped Its Society

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Jamaica’s First Enslaved People

Once Jamaica was “discovered” by Spain in 1494, the Arawaks, who had inhabited the island for centuries, were quickly subjected to brutality and slavery, becoming the first enslaved people on the island.

 

 

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Kidnapped Africans Arrive

The first enslaved Africans brought to Jamaica came in 1534 when Pedro Mazuelo, one of the early Spanish colonizers, brought 30 Africans from the Canary Islands.

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