Name: Shevanna Burry
Teacher: Ms. Turner
Center number: 100098
School: The Queen’s School
Conditions that slaves worked under in British plantation slavery Description of the slaves trade as it occurred in africa,the middle passage and the west indies Punishments
What evidence is there to prove that the Africans in the 1655 and 1807 were ill-treated who arrived in the British West Indies?
The researchers choose this topic of research because further investigation was needed to be done on the Africans between the years1655 and 1807 who were ill-treated. It was comprised in various sectors to arrive to one goal, which was to make a profit on the slaves no matter what. Slavery was nothing to adore because it only wrought bitterness for slaved individuals Jose’ Marti a poetic philosopher and journalist in one his writing. “Hatred slavery inevitable after math.” The hinterlands of West Africa was where it started and it followed through with a lot of suffering and peril before finally ending in catastrophe for the planters and initial exculpation for the slaves and slavery was an interesting period in the British west Indian history. I will educate you about the conditions under which slaves produced the various crops in the British West Indies.
The horrible treatments of slaves will be forever engraved in the history books. The obvious effects have been past down to generations and have been expressed through racist evil behaviors. The hatred spread down through generations like wildfires on a hot summer day in a wild bush. The evils of slavery were so major that the half could never have been told. But how all this ill-treatment come to “a head”, was out of the want for anew labor source in the Sugar Revolution. Planters wanted to invest in free labor and did not care as much about the black workers as they did the work they yielded. This low-cost, high efficiency production, when finally achieved would have made them rich and could even secure their place somewhere in the European aristocracy. Taking the slaves as personal property, planters used and abused them in the most despicable ways possible. The slaves also fought back, but not ever in a British Colony, were slaves successful in a resistant action against planters. When slaves slipped up or fought back, the real wrath of the planters was unleashed. The punishments for certain simple mistakes were horrible and just furthered the already atrocious conditions under which these individuals tried to survive. Spain ruled over most of the islands until around1655, when the British took over some. The change in power also resulted in a change in-laws, and thus slave laws. The evil had just started since the “La Site Partitas” (Spanish Laws) were more compassionate in their approach to the dealing with the slaves than the Police Laws of the British (developed between 1662 and 1705).
After the takeover of the islands by the British, the Slave Trade continued until1807. Because of the trade, planters found it easy to replace slaves and thus could treat them anyway they liked. After the trade, the hope of the abolitionists was not made any better as the planters realized that buying was not really important as long as the slaves reproduced, because the children would be property of the planters. The different methods of punishments continued and were upgraded time after time in order to keep slaves in order. Some of these included whipping, being put in the stocks and being put in the plantation’s “hospital”. Slave revolts and risings were ever anticipated because man simply wasn’t made to live without freedom and would generally fight anyone who tries to contravene such a right. In these slaves’ cases, there were no rights such as freedom which belonged to them, because the color of bond slavery was...
Bibliography: View of the Deck of the Slave Ship Alabanoz by Lieutenant Francis Meynell, 1846
© The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
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