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The Ettu Practicing People of Hanover

The existence of people claiming direct Yoruba ancestry gained public recognition in the 1966 when the Ettu dance made its public debut at the Jamaica Festival Dance Competition. The dance was performed by a group from the district of Kendal, in the parish of Hanover.[1] Their entry into the dance…

On This Day in History Britain’s Slavery Abolition Act becomes law in 1833

It has been factually inferred that the centuries long trade in Africans and in the products of the plantation system created the circumstances for Britain’s commercial dominance which has lasted for generations.  It has been estimated that between 2 or 4 million of 15 million Africans who were enslaved had…

Remembering Randolph Samuel ‘Ranny, Maas Ran’ Williams ~ 1912-1980

PERSONAL LIFE Ranny Williams was born in Colon, Panama on 26 October 1912. His father Thomas Samuel Williams, a locomotive engineer, was born in Panama of Jamaican parents of St. Thomas. His mother Frances Emeline Williams was born in Manchester, Jamaica; her maternal grandmother was a Maroon of Accompong.  Frances…

Slave Trade’s Buried Sea Crime Now on Exhibition

  At the maritime history museum, Scheepvaart Museum, in Amsterdam[i] On 1st January 1738, the Dutch West India Company’s slave ship, the Leusden, was en route through Suriname with nearly 700 African men, women and children.  The Leusden was one of the last slave ships of the Dutch West India…

The Issue of Reparation

There are opponents and proponents of the issue of Reparation. The word Reparation comes from the Latin word repair and means the redressing of a wrong.  In International law, the principle is recognized as a means to restore damage suffered by individuals or nations.  The wronged party will receive reparation…