27. August 2020 - 12:00 till 13:00

Sugar, Slave-owning and the Scottish Highlands before 1707, online, Thursday, 27. August 2020

This talk will reveal the Scottish Highlands’ earliest-known overseas slave-owning circle and the imperial entanglement with the Dutch Empire and its sugar on which this depended. It will highlight two intertwined, contemporary developments: a heavy reliance of the Highland ‘edge’ on the importation of sugar with origins in the Dutch Atlantic plantations; the engagement of Highland migrants or exiles in the sugar-based enslavement of African and indigenous populations in the South American colony of Suriname. A Highland-led circle of slave-owners will be shown to have grown prior to the formal creation of the British Empire, simultaneous with the commercial activity of Dutch Suriname-based sugar planter, Henry MacKintosh, who developed strong ties linking that colony with New England, Rotterdam, and his home burgh of Inverness.

More information: www.uhi.ac.uk/en/media/events/sugar-slave-owning-and-the-scottish-highlands-before-1707-prof-david-worthington---part-of-the-edge-.html

Thursday, 27. August 2020, online, Sugar, Slave-owning and the Scottish Highlands before 1707

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