Acts of Assembly, Passed in the Charibbee Leeward Islands. from 1690, to 1730
London: John Baskett, 1734. Folio. 15, 24, , 25-231, pp. Bound to style in half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt with leather labels. A few leaves lightly tanned, last few leaves chipped and worn at edges.
Laws of the Leeward Islands.
Laws for the Leeward Islands, colonized by the British in the late 17th century, comprising Antigua, Montserrat, and the northern islands up to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean chain, such as Anguilla. Many of the present laws apply to the island of Antigua. Antigua, colonized by the British in the mid-17th century, served as a major sugar producer and hub for shipping in the West Indies. The American Revolutionary War caused a significant disruption in the sugar trade, and British sentiment against slavery further served to shift the economy of the islands in the late 18th century. Laws present here include those taxing liquors and sugars imported, establishing militias and courts, "An Act for the trial of criminal slaves," acts establishing land titles, and more.