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Hanson Plantation, Barbados

The Hanson Plantation was owned by Sir John Berney, of Kirby Bedon Hall in Norfolk. Sixty-six Africans were held on Hanson in 1792. Although he also owned extensive property in Norfolk, Berney’s profligate lifestyle eventually left him facing bankruptcy. For the Norfolk-based trustees appointed to deal with his debts, selling the plantation, and the enslaved people on it, was an essential means of realising funds to pay creditors. The trustees viewed the enslaved people held in Barbados as assets, no different from farm animals.

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