Use the history of the West India Regiments to explore armed people of African descent serving within the wider British army to bring improved understanding of the nature of racial thought from the 18th to 20th centuries.
After the Caribbean was first colonised by Spain in the 15th century, a system of sugar planting and enslavement evolved. David Lambert explores how this system changed the region, and how enslaved people continued to resist colonial rule.Read more
Melissa Bennett explores the West Indian Regiment’s presence in West Africa, their involvement in the Anglo-Ashanti War in the 1870s, and its immediate consequences for both the regiment and the British Empire at large.Read more
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