12 Facts About Slavery in Jamaica That Shaped Its Society October 17, 2014 | Posted by A Moore Jamaica’s First Enslaved People Once Jamaica was “discovered” by Spain in 1494, the Arawaks, who had inhabited the island for centuries, were quickly subjected to brutality and slavery, becoming the first enslaved people on the island. Kidnapped Africans Arrive The first enslaved Africans brought to Jamaica came in 1534 when Pedro Mazuelo, one of the early Spanish colonizers, brought 30 Africans…
"In the seventeenth century thousands of Irish-men, women, and children were seized by the order, or under the licence of the English Government, and sold as slaves for use in the West Indies. A slave dealer, named Sellick, was granted a licence to take 400 children from Ireland for New England and Virginia. Later '1,000 Irish girls and the like number of youths' are sold to the planters in Jamaica."
Maroons in New Nanny Town, Jamaica: The word maroon means escaped slave and comes from a Spanish word meaning mountaineers. The slaves escaped from their plantations to the mountains and formed independent communities of free people.
Thomas Thistlewood 1721 - 1786Thomas Thistlewood from Tupholme was a British estate overseer and small landowner in western Jamaica. His diaries are now important documents on the slave trade and history of Jamaica.