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By 1660, Jamaica had become a refuge for Jews in the New World, also attracting those who had been expelled from Spain and Portugal.
The British leaders agreed with the viability of this strategy to forestall outside aggression.
The British fully emancipated all slaves in 1838, and many freedmen chose to have subsistence farms rather than to work on plantations.
Beginning in the 1840s, the British utilized Chinese and Indian indentured labour to work on plantations.
During the centuries of slavery, Maroons established free communities in the mountainous interior of Jamaica, where they maintained their freedom and independence for generations.
The Jamaican Maroons fought the British during the 18th century.