The Balenbouche Estate in St Lucia, was linked to the prominent businessman, William Jolliffe.He received £4,000 in compensation for 164 slaves, or around £3.25million in today’s money. The Prime Minister of Britain’s wife – Samantha Cameron is a descendant of  William Jolliffe. William Jolliffe was a slave owner who received millions from the British government following abolition, researchers have discovered. African slaves were brought to St Lucia in the 1700s and the Balenbouche Estate, a sugar plantation, was probably established in the 1740s.

Human trade: African slaves, like those depicted in this file picture, were sent across the world including to St Lucia, where Samantha Cameron’s ancestor had a sugar plantation.

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