Why Did Black Londoners Not Join the Sierra Leone Resettlement Scheme 1783
There has been quite a lot of scholarly work on black Britons before Emancipation, and how the community fared from Elizabethan times until it was absorbed into London life in the reign of Queen Victoria. As a result, the Sierra Leone Resettlement Scheme is well-chronicled and analysed, but mainly from the point of view of how it fared in the early days of the colony. There is ample evidence and analysis of the smaller-than-expected numbers of black Londoners who turned up for the first trip to settle Sierra Leone in 1786, and similarly a lot has been written about the relief expedition in 1791, and the more-than-expected numbers of black people in Nova Scotia who joined this new colony in West Africa. This study will offer an in-depth look at the reasons why black Londoners viewed the Scheme with suspicion, and stayed away in such numbers that in the end, the transportation of black Londoners to Sierra Leone had little effect on the number of people who made up the black community in London.
- Publication Date
- Jun 17, 2014
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- By (author): Michael Sivapragasam