This document is one of several that shows how the structures of government were set, and in particular structures governing the relationship between slaves, servants and masters, in the royal colony of Jamaica. The creation of these acts reflect the colonial government’s efforts to instill order on the island by employing the laws of England, by regulating the actions of slaves, servants, and masters, and by setting up structures to compel subjects on the island to reinforce the development of the (slave) labor system.
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An Act declareing the Laws of England in force in this Island
Bee it declared by the Governor councell & assembly & by the authority of the same that all the Laws & statutes heretofore made in our Native Country the Kingdome of England for the publique weale of the Same And all the liberties previledges minintres(?) and freedoms conteyned(contained) therein have allwayes bin of force and are belonging unto all his Maties(Majesty’s?) [UNCLEAR] people within this Island as theyre Byrthright and that the same ever were now are and ever shall bee deemed good and effectuall in the Law And that the same shall bee accepted used and executed within his his Maties(Majesty’s?) Island of Jamaica in all points & at all times requisite according to the tennor(tenor?) & true meaning of them (except inslonely(?) such statutes ar(are?) soe much of them whereby any subsidies Loanes Aides or other Impositions are grannted(granted?) or made, Provided Nevertheles and it is hereby further declared and enacted by the authority aforesaid that the said Laws and Statutes may at any time hereafter, by the Governor, Councell and Assembly bee Mittigated altered lessened or enlarged according as the Constitution of this place shall require and as it shall seem requisite & necessary to the respective generall Assembly then in being.
Consented to by the [UNCLEAR] of the assembly
Past the Councell the 10th
Of [UNCLEAR] 1664
Consented to this
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