“It is unpardonable in an overseer to be a hard punisher”: Planter Paternalism and Violence on William Vassall’s Loyalist-Era Green River Plantation, Jamaica

Slave-based sugar cultivation on the island of Jamaica was nothing if not brutal. In the late eighteenth century, it was also rapidly industrializing. By professionalizing management practices, embracing technological change, and increasing rates of reproduction among enslaved populations, planters could momentarily distinguish themselves in a crowded scene of ever-competing estates.

Loyalists A to Z, Part 1

Do you know your loyalist ABCs?  This post will familiarize you with some important terms for loyalist history and research!

American Loyalist Claims Commission

Spirits to Sustain Us, Acorns to Restore Us

We are living in strange times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to re-consider our values and has sent many in search of ‘the good life.’ We are looking for ways to live better, to live healthier, and to live longer. This is hardly a new preoccupation for human contemplation and experimentation.

Loyalist Borderlands on Campobello Island: The Ordeal of Gillam Butler, Part Two

To fully grasp the kind of place that Gillam Butler lived, it is useful to imagine New Brunswick’s southwesterly edge, including the Fundy Isles, as a kind of loyalist borderland. The fishing outports of mainland Charlotte County, Grand Manan, Deer and Campobello islands have long been sites to congregate in Indigenous trading networks, transatlantic commerce, and European imperial warfare.

Radical German Loyalism in the American Revolution

It is terribly easy for scholars to ‘miss the forest for the trees.’ About a month ago, I emerged from my den of research to give a biographical presentation about Christopher Sauer III. At the end of my talk, I was caught off guard by an obvious, down-to-earth question. “Why,” my sensible classmate asked me, “was a German so loyal to the British cause in the American Revolution?”