Plantation token with equestrian figure: 17th century
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Plantation token with equestrian figure. This plantation token is made of tin stamped with an image of James II on one side and an equestrian figure on the other. When the price of tin collapsed in England, this metal was used to make coins, including tokens for circulation in the West Indian and American colonies. During the mid 17th century, 200,000 British people emigrated to the Caribbean, mostly to escape religious persecution. Here, they acquired large estates and produced sugar on plantations run using slave labour. Sugar became Britain's most valuable import and created much new wealth. By 1775, there were nearly 800 sugar plantations in Jamaica.
1666 AD - 1700 AD