The Colonies Of Great Britain : An Argument Of Morality And Humanity

950 Words Nov 18th, 2016 4 Pages
The planters in the colonies were in many ways a direct contrast to the unique economic and political position of the absentee planters. The Caribbean was still populated by a class of British citizens who managed, operated, and owned slave plantations. Many of these people had resided within the West Indies for generations therefore were deeply entrenched in the local management and politics of the region. Green in his work on the subject describes how these were not colonies that had just developed out of thin air but in fact, “constituted an area old and fixed interested in imperial policy, as in all politics, national priorities were determined by real interests, not visionary schemes.” These were not colonies and operations build on some semblances of good-will, or drive toward the betterment of mankind, but businesses of pure financial pursuits. This put many of these plantation owners in direct opposition to the abolitionist of Great Britain who were fighting against them on an argument of morality and humanity. For these abolitionists, the actual plantation owners who were still physically involved in the running of their operations gave a real, and very tangible face to the continuation of slave-labor, and one that would have to be reasoned with. For these plantation owners and managers, their position and wealth gave them an upper hand in the politics of their corresponding colony. Although, these colonial governments were tasked with upholding law and…

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