Morant Bay Rebellion

October 11th marked the 146th anniversary of the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica. The uprising, which began as a protest against the arrest and imprisonment of a man for trespassing on an abandoned plantation, ultimately led to the killing of 439 Jamaicans by government soldiers, the flogging of more than 600 (including pregnant women), and the arrest and execution of 354 including the rebellion’s leader, Paul Bogle. This incident was a major turning point in Jamaican history. In the aftermath of the uproar that followed in England, the Jamaica Assembly, which had governed the island since the 17th century, dissolved itself, and Jamaica became a Crown Colony.

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