Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Island of Montserrat; from 1668, to 1740, Inclusive. [bound with]: Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Charibbee Leeward Islands, from 1690, to 1705.
London: John Baskett, 1740. x, 146; v, 24, pp.
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Laws of Monserrat and the Leeward Islands
Laws of the island of Montserrat, from its early settlement through the first half of the 18th-century. Settled by the British in the mid-17th century, Montserrat was, like most of the islands in the West Indies, a plantation colony producing sugar and cotton. It was also heavily Irish, many Irish being transported there as indentured servants and laborers during Cromwell's reign over the British Isles, although it also had African slaves. Laws here include those pertaining to trade, roads, and other commonplace matters. There are also acts regarding slaves, such as "An Act for restraining the liberty of Negroes, and to prevent the running away of Christian servants." Also present are the laws of the Leeward Islands, passed from 1690 to 1705, likewise printed by John Baskett. These pertain to the islands in general, governing general assemblies and trade, but also the slave population, such as this act which allowed an extra gun for every ten slaves owned: "An Act for the finding Supernumerary Arms, to be proportionable according to the number of every person's Negroes, within these his Majesty's Leeward Charibbee Islands in America."