Slaves on the Run


Many slaves committed suicide, or simply ran away from the conditions they were forced into. Advertisements offering rewards for runaway slaves or servants often provide clues as to how they were treated. Here, a reward is offered for two slaves belonging to Ralph Montague, named Robin and George, who spoke good English and had perhaps been sailors, as 'both [were] used to the sea'.

CO 137/61, f. 76 (13 Feb 1762)

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