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  • Persecution:
    to be badly treated, oppressed or harassed usually because of beliefs, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation
  • Philanthropy:
    Love for mankind involving a display goodwill or charitable gesture.
  • Physician :
    A medical doctor, not a surgeon
  • Pidgin:
    A simplified language resulting from colonialism and the need for a commonly understood form of communication. For example, the Caribbean islands where populations grew to include Europeans, Africans and Indians.
  • Plantation :
    A large area of farmland, or estate, planted with particular crops
  • Planter:
    A person who owns or manages a plantation
  • Plantocracy :
    The settlers who developed plantations in the Caribbean into successful businesses; the name combines their local rank and the status to which they aspired
  • Prejudice:
    A preconceived opinion, usually based on a feeling rather than evidence and balanced judgement
  • Pressed into Service:
    Very few people volunteered to join the Royal Navy in the 17th and 18th centuries. A method of forcing people to join was 'Impressment', whereby Naval ships would come alongside merchant ships and Press Gangs would come on board and take any sea-faring men (not officers) they chose - as long as they left enough men to sail the merchant ship.
  • Privateer :
    The captain of a privately owned war-ship, licensed by one government to raid the shipping of an enemy country
  • Privilege slave :
    An enslaved African given to a ship's officer by the slave ship owner as a special honour, or privilege
  • Pro-slavery :
    A person, or an action/idea that is in favour of slavery

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