Jamaican lawmakers are seeking slave reparations from Great Britain in a request that could grant billions of pounds back to the former British colony, Reuters reported

Beginning in the 16th century, enslaved Black people were forcibly removed from their homeland in Africa and brought to the U.S. colonies and the Caribbean to work on plantations, cultivating sugar cane, bananas and other crops. 

"We are hoping for reparatory justice in all forms that one would expect if they are to really ensure that we get justice from injustices to repair the damages that our ancestors experienced," Olivia Grange, minister of sports, youth and culture in Jamaica, told Reuters in an interview.

"Our African ancestors were forcibly removed from their home and suffered unparalleled atrocities in Africa to carry out forced labour to the benefit of the British Empire," she added. "Redress is well overdue."

Jamaica was seized from Spain by the British in 1655 but did not become an independent nation until 1962. The country still remains in the Commonwealth with the queen as the head of state. 

According to the National Library of Jamaica, the transatlantic trade is believed to have displaced between 10 and 20 million Africans from their homeland, with approximately 600,000 arriving in Jamaica, the largest port for slaves, between 1533 and 1807.

After learning of the potential for compensation, Twitter users jumped in to support Britain distributing reparations back to the West Indian country.