Resistance In The British African Slavery: Resistance And Revolts

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Name: Jana Márquez
School: St. Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain
Section: Section A
Theme: Theme 3
Question: Resistance and Revolt

Thousands of slaves were captured and transported to the New World from Africa due to the large labour force the sugar revolution required . These slaves were forced into slavery and sold as possessions. They were seen as property and many were abused. They faced harsh punishments such as torture, whipping and overwork and were coerced into an obedient labour force. Inhumane treatment and unbearable conditions caused many of them to resist through insurrectionary and non insurrectionary efforts . This SBA will show that marronage was a more successful from of resistance than insurrectionary resistance in gaining freedom in the British
Caribbean between 1700 and 1834 .

It is important that this topic is studied because it is essential to know that many slaves tried in various ways to end the constant ill-treatment they faced on plantations. It is equally essential to show the effectiveness of their endeavors such as marronage which gave many slaves the most freedom they could gain at that time (1700 – 1834).
In the British Caribbean the revolts did not secure the permanent freedom of the enslaved. Slave revolts never succeed in taking over the island. The longest rebellion in the British Caribbean , the Jamaica
Christmas Rebellion, lasted for 41 days. “Approximately 207 were shot, 500 were tried and

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