The Rebellion Of The Jamaica

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On October 11, 1865, Paul Bogle and a group of free blacks marched into Morant Bay protesting a local trail, which resulted in a full-scale uprising that caused deaths and destruction. Free blacks had economic troubles and little to power in colonial society because of their limited access to resources. By July 8, 1865, the Jamaica Guardian captured the people’s discontent with Governor Edward John Eyre, who served as British official on the island. In this message of discontent, the people call for his removal because of his “weak, vacillating, and undignified” character and conduct. The people became quite discontent with the British official because of his actions regarding the Morant Bay Rebellion. He responded to the rebellion with force and violence by declaring martial law in Surrey County and accused George William Gordon, a free black businessman, of being part of the rebellion that led to death. This whirlwind of events caused many to question Eyre’s leadership and led to the establishment of the Jamaica Committee, a group of men from England. This group wanted to imprison the governor for his actions, but their actions led to his removal from office.
This event created much havoc and chaos in England and Jamaica because it disturbed the British masses, which questioned the effectiveness of colonial rule after the Sepoy Munity of 1857. The cases received a large amount of political and public attention because two schools of thought existed in the debate. One
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