EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

When Cape slavery ended: Introducing a new slave emancipation dataset

Kate Ekama, Johan Fourie (), Hans Heese and Lisa-Cheree Martin

Explorations in Economic History, 2021, vol. 81, issue C

Abstract: When the enslaved were emancipated across the British Empire in 1834, slave-owners received cash compensation, and four years of unpaid labour as the former slaves became apprentices. In the Cape Colony, appraisers assigned a value to the former slaves. To investigate this, we transcribed 37,411 valuation records to compile a novel emancipation dataset. This gives us a new picture of the enslaved population in the Cape at the time of the emancipation. Some of our findings, for example that slaves from south-east Asia were assigned lower valuations than Cape-born slaves, are in contrast to those of an earlier literature. To distinguish between what the former slave-owners should have received and what they actually received, we matched the valuation records to the compensation claims. We argue that the uneven allocation of compensation had important implications for the distribution of capital after emancipation.

Keywords: Slavery; Slave valuation; Emancipation; Compensation; British empire; Cape colony (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N27 N37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014498321000012
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:exehis:v:81:y:2021:i:c:s0014498321000012

DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2021.101390

Access Statistics for this article

Explorations in Economic History is currently edited by R.H. Steckel

More articles in Explorations in Economic History from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

 
Page updated 2021-12-09
Handle: RePEc:eee:exehis:v:81:y:2021:i:c:s0014498321000012