Letters from the Caribbean

The Caribbean area watched the American Civil War with particular interest.  Many former slaves in the Caribbean wondered what the war would mean for the future of slavery.  If the Confederacy triumphed, they feared an expansionist Confederacy that would seek to annex Caribbean islands in a slaveholding empire.

These letters reflect the attitude of the Caribbean region toward Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865 and his legacy in the region 150 years later.