Giuseppe Patisso

The slaves of the White cross. Colonization, repressive legislation and rebellion in the western Danish Indies (1663-1733)

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Keywords: Slaves; Blacks Codes; Colonial History; Denmark; Virgin Islands.

Denmark did not occupy a prominent place among the great colonizing powers. Analyzing the Danish colonial model, however, different points of contamination with the great colonial empires can be seen. The "Gardelins slavereglement" of 5 September 1733, enacted by Philip Gardelin, governor of the island of St. Thomas, is one of the most tangible signs of such hybridization. A slave Code issued in a country with no tradition in slaves legislation.

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