😳😮😢In the 18th, 19th, and 20th century, the Caribbean had large amounts of Sugar Plantations and fields. Enslaved Africans were the major source of the labor on the plantations, and they worked all day round, planting, harvesting, milling them in the sugar refineries.
The Planting of Sugar cane in the Caribbean (Barbados) started in the 1640s and was basically farmed by a combination of Africans and Prisoners from the British Isles. The elites would later find a way to reach Africa and steal Black people who they brought to the Plantations to work.
The process of planting and processing sugarcane was very tedious. Many enslaved Africans died of disease, malnutrition, exhaustion or were killed by slavers who wanted to teach others a lesson.
In a debate by Wilberforce, for the abolishment of slavery on 18th April 1791, he confirmed the evil punishment of boiling slaves by saying that: “an overseer . . . threw a slave into the boiling cane juice, who died in four days; he was not punished otherwise than by replacing the slave, and being dismissed the service.” This and many more evil was carried out on the Africans who worked on the sugar plantations. A doctor, named James Ramsay, who worked in the sugar plantations in St Kitts, made some shocking revelations as to how slaves were treated by the overseers. In a book he wrote he gave a gorry but detailed account of it all: “The ordinary punishments of slaves, for the common crimes of neglect, absence from work, eating the sugar cane, theft, are cart whipping, beating with a stick, sometimes to the breaking of bones, the chain, an iron crook about the neck… a ring about the ankle, and confinement in the dungeon. There have been instances of slitting of ears, breaking of limbs, so as to make amputation necessary, beating out of eyes, and castration…
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