The Caribbean Slavery

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In the eighteenth and early nineteenth epoch, there existed no identity for Me a Trinidadian born slave. Fears of our physical strength, historical background, color and fears of the unknown resulted in us being condemned which resulted in I “Sharper” Anthony M. (1975 pg. 47) dominating a violent mean of slave defiance.
As a result of our quest for the provision of means, better living conditions and the possibility of life for which we are dependent upon by our slave masters was their way of up keeping/controlling the “social pyramid” as mention in The Caribbean People Book Two Honychurch, L. (1980 pg. 102). It was their way of categorizing us slaves and at the same time upholding parameters.
According to “The Caribbean People
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It is of vital importance to record that mainly pure “African slaves”, Honychurch, L. (1980), were given the responsibility and tasks of field salves. This role was subjected to slaves of different ranks as a means of punishment.
Slavery according to the Encyclopedia Britannica can be defined as a condition which exists whereby a human being is owned and held against their will by another. Slaves were forced to work without the expectation of being paid as we were being bought for many
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Hence, we are expected to perform various duties on the sugar plantation. My fellow slave counterpart were categorized as Chattel slave whom were expected to perform labor and sexual favors, serfdom slaves who weren’t allowed to leave without consent or permission from our masters, those who performed labor as a result of fear that both they and their families would be beaten, field and House slaves or “domesticated slaves” who worked in the planters’ houses and enjoyed better living conditions than that of the other classes of slaves. House slaves performed duties in houses belonging to their house masters whereby they received greater benefits and privileges such as food, clothing, education, cooking, formulation of close bonds between both slave and master as they as they were entrusted with a certain level of information which lead to the betrayal of other slaves for special privileges. Honychurch, L. (1980), argued that those of us who are Artisans were the middle class slaves and as such, worked in the “mills and boiling houses” as “ladlers” of syrup, carpenters and toolmakers”. He also stated that to be educated slave often lead inferior slaves to “fight for freedom”. Mark Anthony in his book entitled Profile Trinidad A Historical Survey From the Discovery to 1990, stated that “Cedula”
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