Scandals of Colonial Rule: the Torture of Louisa Calderon

As described by the publisher of James Epstein's new book, Scandal of Colonial Rule: Power and Subversion in the British Atlantic During the Age of Revolution: "In 1806, General Thomas Picton, Britain's first governor of Trinidad, was brought to trial for the torture of a free mulatto named Louisa Calderon and for overseeing a regime of terror over the island's slave population." This illustration was introduced as evidence in General Picton's trial. The judge, Lord Ellenborough, strongly objected to its inclusion in the trial, and only allowed it with the consent of the defense. Reproductions of the image inflamed public opinion against Picton.


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