The Importance Of Slavery And The Plantocracy

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Enslavement in the Caribbean developed without any inherited set of rules that would govern its implementation. As a result, Slave Codes were drawn up by the Plantocracy who controlled the legislative system. The Slave Codes were concerned with the management of the enslaved population.1 As such, these laws dictated the lives the enslaved insisting that they were merely property and prohibiting them from partaking in any African ritual. Among the Slave Codes, the enslaved were partaking in harshness of the system with its dehumanizing routines.24 One such means of suppressing the enslaved into the whole institution of slavery was converting them to Christianity. Christianity was used as a means to justify slavery in that it would encourage ideas of equality and brotherhood. The abolition movement in Britain, spurred the spread of Christianity to the slaves. The role of the Anglian Church as well as the church of the planter class was ineffective. The most influential was the Baptist followed by the Moravians and Methodist.23
However, at the start of colonial slavery, converting the slaves to Christianity was not considered a good idea. There were differences in the opinions of the Plantocracy as to whether or not the slave population should be Christianized.2 While some Planters felt that this would reinforce obedience, others feared the possibilities of a Christian slave as they thought that if their slaves were Christianized they would demand their rights as human
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