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This document relates to the sale of the Studley-Park plantation located in the parish of St George on the island of Tobago. The plantation was sold for John Robley by auction at Garraways Coffee House in London on 30 September 1772. The printed document indicates that Robely owned approximately 590 acres of land and over a hundred enslaved children, women and men.

Robely was one of many absentee landlords in the Caribbean who accumulated enormous wealth from afar. As was typical of British landlords, Robely broke up the estate among his heirs who continued to cultivate the plantation into the late 19th century. Records indicate that over 40 years later, in 1819, the plantation included nearly 200 enslaved people.

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