How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

Source of image: Moorbey'z Blog

An excellent review of slavery in the Caribbean by Moorbey’z Blog. How could slavery thrive in an environment where slaves outnumbered slave owners by 10 to 1 or sometimes 100 to 1?


Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

11 thoughts on “How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

  1. I’m just now finding about the slavery of African people in the Carribean and that many of our ancestors from the Motherland and Fatherland were kidnapped and taken to the various. Why do the Black brothers and sisters from the Carribean talk about this ? Black people that were born in America discuss the pain from slavery and recognize it.

    1. Me too, I don’t know much about slavery in the Carribean except to say there was also a significant number of free and highly skilled Africans there. It seemed more so than in America. It wasn’t unusual for whites to kidnap these free Africans in the Carribean and ship them to America where the demand for slave labor was insatiable.

      1. Black people in the African diaspora need to talk about our experiences as were are connected to each other as Africans.

          1. I agree and the best way to have OURSTORY recorded is to research about who we are and teach and share each Black brother an sister the knowledge we know.

            1. Hi there wealthymins, good point! What medium would you suggest we use to share our research? In other words, do we need a platform dedicated to this or do we continue to rely on what is available?

            2. There are Black owned social platforms such as Blaagenuf and Black Junction TV that cater to us and we can network with other Black Brothers and Sisters. Our blogs are also a great way to share our rich history.

  2. That was an informative article. I do admit that I didn’t know as much about the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade in the Caribbean compared to what happened in America, but I’ve been doing my best to find out about what happened to the diaspora in different parts of the world. I did find out a bit more through the works of Chiekh Anta Diop and some lectures from John Henrik Clarke where he mentioned the success of some of the Caribbean revolts such as Jamaica and Haiti with how they gained independence.

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