The economy of slavery, the 1740 Siege of St Augustine and the War of Jenkins Ear

Slavery created an economic system that wasn’t long-term beneficial to the American south. We discuss on this week’s Florida History Podcast, how the system of slavery in the south kept the economy of the region down as a lead in to discuss the 1740 Siege of St Augustine and the War of Jenkins Ear which in theory wasn’t about slavery, but was really very much about slavery. The British had no tolerance for Spanish Florida harboring and arming runaway slaves.

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