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VIENNA, Va, February 8, 2011 —�Recent historical discoveries in England indicate that shortly after issuing his Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln spent most of a year working out a plan to relocate freed blacks to the Caribbean.

“Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement” by Dr. Phillip W. Magness and Sebastian N. Page (University Missouri Press)

The story was obviously kept under wraps, due to a little known agreement with Great Britain, while the plans for freedmen’s settlements in the colonies of Belize and Guyana, both being colonial possessions of the British Empire,�could be worked out.It brings a different ray of light to the President best known for abolishing slavery in the Southern states where they were held.

It seems that while the U.S. government did investigate the sites in the Caribbean and even went so far as to plan for the first shipload of “settlers,” it never came to fruition due to political squabbling inside Lincoln’s own cabinet.

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Posted February 17, 2011 by dmacc502 in archives

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