Horses and Slavery: New England’s Connection to the West Indies
This talk will examine the intersection of horses and enslaved labour in the eighteenth century, when Rhode Island dominated the horse trade to the sugar colonies in the West Indies. At its nucleus, the trade centred on the connection between equine bodies and enslaved bodies. The talk will use a range of primary sources to explore how enslaved peoples in New England cared for horses, were traded for horses, and toiled alongside them in the West Indies.
Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer is an Associate Professor of History at Roger Williams University, and she specialises in early American History.