'Mulattoes' and 'Negroes' to be Armed by Great Britain


This is a proposal to raise two regiments to fight in the West Indies, one of 'Glossary - opens new windowMulattoes' and one of free Black men. The purpose of engaging them is bluntly stated: 'so many less men will be wanted from Europe, and of course so many lives saved to the mother-country'. Clearly, the Black men were considered dispensable.

CO 138/3, ff. 418-19 (Jan1779)

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