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Riots break out in eastern Jamaica, prompting a bloody response from the white planter led government

Jamaica, 1857
Disturbances during the trial of a black man accused of illegally farming on abandoned land in the east of the British colony resulted in black protesters, led by a Baptist clergyman named Paul Bogle, marching into Morant Bay and clashing with the small militia force..  An immediate and brutal response killed hundreds more blacks, sparking protests in Britain over the conduct of Governor John Eyre and his eventual removal.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 "Jamaica," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1865 ... (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1869), 448.