Starvation In The Slave Trade

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Starvation was a common form of resistance onboard the slave ships. Usually, if one slave refused to eat, others would follow. Slave captains punished those who refused to eat severely. Doctor Alexander Falconbridge recalls the ruthless methods of punishment: Upon the negroes refusing to take food, I have seen coals of fire, glowing hot, put on a shovel and placed so near their lips as to scorch and burn them. And this has been accompanied with threats of forcing them to swallow coals if they persisted in refusing to eat…I have also been credibly informed that a certain captain in the slave trade, poured melted lead on such of his negroes as he obstinately refused to eat. If everything else failed, slave captains resorted to using a speculum oris. The speculum oris is an unbearably painful device, which consists of dividers and a thumbscrew. The slave captain hammers the device into the mouth of the slave, then twists the thumbscrew to ensure his/her mouth remains open. Once secured, the food is forcibly poured down the slave’s throat through a funnel. Traders: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Another example of stripping the slaves of any dignity they may have left. Analysis (need more) The African slaves were adversely impacted by the European slave trade. They did not wish to be captured, nor did they want to be enslaved and sold as a commodity in the slave market. Resistance took on many forms. Sub-Point 2: High levels of stress correlated with
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