The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

Cosmopolitan Plymouth

Plymouth would have been one of the few places accustomed to seeing black faces in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in England. Being a port it could be a very cosmopolitan place with ships bringing crew from all over the world to and from the port. Some of these stayed in the city to make a life for themselves but few of them have left a record of their time. It has been purported that this is one of the few photographs showing a black person living and working in Plymouth.

Empire in Your Backyard: Plymouth Article


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by Stephen Luscombe