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.

Articles

An introduction to the Caribbean, empire and slavery banner

An introduction to the Caribbean, empire and slavery

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.

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Creating the West India Regiments

Creating the West India Regiments

Before 1795, enslaved men were used as armed reinforcement only in times of emergency. Tim Lockley explores how the threat of invasion and yellow fever forced colonial powers to re-evaluate and witnessed the beginnings of the West India Regiments.

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Mutiny! The story of the 8th West India Regiment

Mutiny! The story of the 8th West India Regiment

In 1802 the 8th West Indian Regiment rose up against officers at their post in Prince Rupert’s, Dominica. Tim Lockley explains the cause of the mutiny, and its immediate aftermath.

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The life of a soldier in the West India Regiments

Tim Lockley and Elizabeth Cooper delve into the soldiers’ experience, exploring how their daily lives were dominated by routine, discipline and training.

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The West India Regiments in the Anglo-Ashanti War, 1873–74

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.

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