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Technology, slavery and the Falmouth Water Company of Jamaica, 1799-1805

Graham, AB; (2018) Technology, slavery and the Falmouth Water Company of Jamaica, 1799-1805. Slavery and Abolition , 39 (2) pp. 315-332. 10.1080/0144039X.2017.1366105. Green open access

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Abstract

Slave societies such as Jamaica were among the earliest regions to adopt new technologies, suggesting that slavery was not synonymous with economic backwardness. This article uses the efforts of the Falmouth Water Company to adopt the new hydraulic ram between 1799 and 1805 to show that this process was also not restricted to the plantation sector and that the island possessed an unexpected capacity for technological adaption. This was based on local skills in mechanical and civil engineering derived from the plantation sector, and wider political and financial background that supported innovation whilewhen the right conditions were in place

Type: Article
Title: Technology, slavery and the Falmouth Water Company of Jamaica, 1799-1805
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2017.1366105
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2017.1366105
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1567778
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