Work on early British Jamaica (1655-1760) remains relatively scare. Most scholarship on British Jamaica has focused on the Age of Revolutions, Abolitionist campaigns, and Emancipation. Here is a list of resources - books and digital resources - concerned with the earlier period. These resources should help to contextualise James Knight's life and writings. If you wish to suggest additions to the list, please reach out via the contact form.
Besson, Jean. Martha Brae’s Two Histories: European Expansion and Caribbean Culture-Building in Jamaica. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.
Black, Clinton V. The History of Jamaica. London: Collins Educational, 1983.
Bohls, Elizabeth A. Slavery and the Politics of Place: Representing the Colonial Caribbean, 1770-1833. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Braithwaite, Kamau. The Development of Creole Society in Jamaica, 1770-1820. Kingston: Ian Randle, 2005.
Brown, Vincent. The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press,  2010.
Brown, Vincent. Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020.
Burnard, Trevor G. Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and his Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Burnard, Trevor G. Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantations Societies in British America, 1650-1820. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Burnard, Trevor G. Jamaica in the Age of Revolution. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
Burnard, Trevor G., and John D. Garrigus. The Plantation Machine: Atlantic Capitalism in French Saint-Domingue and Jamaica. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
Burton, Richard D.E. Afro-Creole: Power, Opposition, and Play in the Caribbean. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997.
Campbell, Mavis Christine. The Maroons of Jamaica, 1655-1796: A History of Resistance, Collaboration & Betrayal. Granby: Bergin & Garvey, 1988.
Carby, Hazel V. Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands. London: Verso, 2019.
Craton, Michael. Testing the Chains: Resistance to Slavery in the British West Indies. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,  2009.
Craton, Michael, and James Walvin. A Jamaican Plantation: A History of Worthy Park, 1670-1970. London: W. H. Allen, 1970.
Delbourgo, James. Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.
Delle, James A, Mark W. Hauser, and Douglas W. Armstrong. Out of Many, One People: The Historical Archaeology of Colonial Jamaica. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2011.
Diptee, Audra. From Africa to Jamaica: the Making of an Atlantic Slave Society, 1775-1807. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010.
Dunn, Richard S. Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press,  2000.
Dunn, Richard S. A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.
Gardina Pestana, Carla. The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640-1681. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,  2007.
Gardina Pestana, Carla. The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell’s Bid for Empire. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.
Gerbner, Katharine. Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.
Gikandi, Simon. Slavery and the Culture of Taste. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2011.
Greene, Jack P. Negotiated Authorities: Essays in Colonial, Political, and Constitutional History. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1994.
Greene, Jack P. Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Greene, Jack P. Creating the British Atlantic: Essays on Transplantation, Adaptation, and Continuity. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2013.
Greene, Jack P. Settler Jamaica in the 1750s: A Social Portrait. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2016.
Greene, Jack P. (ed.). Great Britain and the American Colonies, 1606-1763. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1970.
Greene, Jack P. (ed.). Exclusionary Empire: English Liberties Overseas, 1600-1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Higman, Barry W. Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital and Control in a Colonial Economy. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2005.
Higman, Barry W. Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture. Kingston: University of West Indies Press,  2022.
Hughes, Ben. Apocalypse 1692: Empire, Slavery and the Great Port Royal Earthquake. Yardley, PA: Westholme, 2017.
Hunt-Kennedy, Stefanie. Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2020.
James, Marlon. The Book of Night Women. London: Oneworld, 2009.
Klein, Herbert S. The Atlantic Slave Trade. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Lalla, Barbara, and Jean D’Costa. Language in Exile: Three Hundred Years of Jamaican Creole. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press,  2009.
Mair, Lucille Mathurin. A Historical Study of Women in Jamaica, 1655-1844. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2006.
Marshall, Emily Zobel. Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance. Kingston: University of West Indies Press, 2012.
Morales Padrón, Francisco. Spanish Jamaica, translated by Patrick Bryan. Kingston: Ian Randle, 2003.
Morgan, Jennifer L. Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,  2011.
Morgan, Kenneth. Materials on the History of Jamaica in the Edward Long Papers Held at the British Library: An Introduction to the Microfilm Collection. Wakefield: Microform Academic Publishers, 2006.
Nelson, Louis P. Architecture and Empire in Jamaica. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016.
Naylor, Celia E. Unsilencing Slavery: Telling Truths about Rose Hall Plantation, Jamaica. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2022.
Newman, Brooke N. A Dark Inheritance: Blood, Race, and Sex in Colonial Jamaica. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018.
Ogborn, Miles. The Freedom of Speech: Talk and Slavery in the Anglo-Caribbean World. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Paton, Diana, and Matthew J. Smith (eds.). The Jamaica Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2021.
Petley, Christer. White Fury: A Jamaican Slaveholder and the Age of Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Rugemer, Edward B. Slave Law and the Politics of Resistance in the Early Atlantic World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.
Seth, Suman. Difference and Disease: Medicine, Race, and the Eighteenth-Century British Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Sharples, Jason T. The World that Fear Made: Slave Revolts and Conspiracy Scares in Early America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
Stewart, Dianne M. Three Eyes for the Journey: African Dimensions of the Jamaican Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Swingen, Abigail Leslie. Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015.
Thomas, Hugh. The Slave Trade: The History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440-1870. London: Picador, 1997.
Turner, Sasha. Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
Walker, Christine. Jamaica Ladies: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain’s Atlantic Empire. Chapel Hill, NC: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
Borucki, Alex, and Daniel B. Domingues da Silva, Paul Gardullo, Allen Wolf, Karin Wulf, et al. Slave Voyages. March 01, 2021.
Brewer, Holly, and Lauren Michalak, Derek Litvak, Ji Kim, Hannah Nolan, Matt Fischer, Jordan S. Sly, et al. Slavery, Law and Power. November 04, 2021.
Brown, Vincent. Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761. 2012.
Hawthorne, Walter, and Dean Rehberger, Daryle Williams, et al. Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade. 2022.
Naylor, Celia E., and Kristen Akey, Madiha Zahrah Choksi, Alex Gil, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, and Monique J. S. Williams. (Un)Silencing Slavery: Remembering the Enslaved at Rose Hall Plantation, Jamaica. August 6, 2022.
Paton, Diana, and Maarit Forde, Suzie Thomas, Helen McKee, Jennifer Kain. Caribbean Religious Trials. 2022.
Paton, Diana, and Carol Dixon, Gemma Romain, Gail Babb, et al. Freedom to Believe: A Caribbean Social and Religious History Resource. 2022.
Smith, Matthew J., Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland, Jess Hannah, Nick Draper, Matthew Stallard, Nydia A. Swaby, Siddarth Singh Ahlawat. Centre for the Study of Legacies of British Slavery. UCL. 2022.