The Rise of Plantation Economies
The Rise of Plantation Economies
Violence brought by the Slave trade
The rise of plantation economics brought a lot of death and violence, from the people who were in charge of transporting slaves to the New World. From the book African Slavery in Latin America & the Caribbean, written by Herbert S. Klein and Ben Vinson III, “the establishment of an independent Dutch nation in Europe had a major impact on the distribution of slaves and plantations in America.” (49) Because of the Dutch becoming an independent nation there was a power struggle with competitions within the slave trade that lead to violence and fights. The Dutch became a powerful slave traders in the Atlantic which ultimately affected and shaped sugar production through Brazil and the Americas. From the map provide you can see the routes the slave traders took. The risk of slave traders coming across one another on the open seas was high which lead to them killing one and another for what they had in their possession. The map also shows what kinds of crops were grown and harvested and the map also shows the number of slaves that were transported from West Africa to the locations they were needed.
This map shows how many slaves were transported to a specific location and what kind of crop were harvested in that location
Slave workers in all walks of life
Slaves of all ages working in the cotton fields picking and transporting cotton
Power struggle within sugar production
Slaves in every occupation
Slaves as soldiers
Soldier slaves during the Civil war.
Marriage of slaves
A slave couple getting married by stepping over a broomstick
Abuse of Slaves
Slaves were mistreated and abused by the slave master. Slaves were subject to all kinds of abuse that included sexual abuse, wiping, and treated like animals. In the book, More Than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, by David Barry Gaspar, Darlene Clark Hine, they talk about sexual harassment and sexual assault, “...slaves were vulnerable to sexual harassment.” (158) This book shows that slaves were sexual harassed and sexual assaulted by there owners and by other slaves. These assaults were rarely brought to court and even less likely for a conviction to come to the guilty party. This shows the injustice that slaves faced and the horror that the slaves had to go through. Slaves were also subject to wearing a collar or ball and chain or whippings. The pictures below show just how slaves were mistreated. In the first picture it shows a slave being whipped by a slave owned because he wasn't working hard enough. The second picture shows the slaves chained together. This kind of treatment and abuse is very degrading and inhuman way to treat others.
Miss treatment of Slaves
An African slave being whipped by a slave master
Bergad, Laird W. The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. New York: Cambridge UP, 2007. Print.
Gaspar, David Barry., and Darlene Clark. Hine. More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1996. Print.
Katz-Hyman, Martha B., and Kyn S. Rice. World of a Slave. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Group, 2011. Print.
Klein, Herbert S., and Ben Vinson, III. African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 2007. Print.