Drax Hall Estate

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Drax Hall Estate (Barbados) was a sugarcane plantation of Saint George in central Barbados in the Caribbean. It is the site where the first sugar cane was cultivated in 1642[citation needed] and is still only one of two Jacobean houses remaining in Barbados. The estate has belonged to the Drax family since it was built in the early 1650s by James Drax and his brother, William. The estate is still a sugar plantation but the house is not open to the public, its grounds spanning much of the eastern landscape of Saint George. William Drax moved on to found a new Drax Hall Estate on Jamaica in 1669.[1][2]

By 1680, Henry Drax, was the owner of the largest plantation in Barbados, then in parish of St. John.[3] A planter-merchant, Drax had a hired 'proper persons' to act in, and do all business in Bridgetown.'[4]

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  1. ^ Matthew Parker. "7 The Plantation Life and Death". The Sugar Barons: Family, Corruption, Empire, and War in the West Indies. 
  2. ^ B. W. Higman. Jamaica Surveyed: Plantation Maps and Plans of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. p. 99. ISBN 978-9766401139. 
  3. ^ Welch, P. L. V. (2003). Slave Society in the City: Bridgetown, Barbados, 1680-1834. Ian Randle Publishers.
  4. ^ Galenson, D. W. (2002). Traders, Planters and Slaves: Market Behavior in Early English America. Cambridge University Press.