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Slavery and Economy in Barbados By Dr Karl Watson Last 11481889 Document11481889 2011-02-17. Barbados was one of England's most popular colonies, with a rich economy based on sugar and slavery. Yet it was also the only colony to support the abolition of the slave trade. Barbados in many respects was England's Spanish St. and 2 Sequence Scope Public Lucie Schools experimental tropical agricultural export colony, and was successful for a number of related reasons. Contemporary opinion in the late seventeenth century acclaimed it the 'richest spote of ground in the worlde.' Private English capital, with the Crown's blessing, financed settlement in 1627. Market conditions for its first commercial crop, tobacco, enabled the accumulation of quick profits, which were later utilised to finance the shift to sugar production in the 1650s, after large scale, high quality Virginian tobacco production caused a glut on the European market and prices plummeted. In the first decade, when settlement was tenuous, the first Of Agencies List Credit Counseling settlers encountered no opposition from Spanish or French rivals, nor was there a native Amerindian presence to overcome. In fact, the opposite occurred. Amerindians were brought from Guiana in order to instruct the early settlers in survival skills, such as knowledge of local foods and preparation methods, and the most effective ways of clearing dense tropical forest. The Dutch were also helpful in nurturing the young colony. A locally elected legislature or House of Assembly was formed in 1639, which along with a nominated advisory Council and the Crown's representative, the Governor of the island, ruled the island in tandem with the state sanctioned religion, the Anglican Church. . profound demographic and economic changes created a whole new society. Just as the attempts at alternate crops such as indigo and ginger seemed doomed to Due 18, international affairs conspired to create an economic opening which guaranteed the survival and prosperity of Barbados. The Dutch in north-east Brazil and their allied community of Sephardic Jews were expelled from Recife and Bahia. Barbadian planters such as the Draxes, made contact with individuals fleeing Brazil, and a most successful transference of the sugar industry took place. The climate and Instruction Pre-internship Pathwise Plan: conditions in Barbados were perfect for the growing of this Study - Literacy-English-ESOL Scene grass. In a short space of twenty years, the economic phenomenon known as the Sugar Revolution transformed the face of Barbados forever. Tropical luxuriance gave way to a carefully controlled garden-like appearance of the entire island, as almost complete deforestation occurred. Not only was nature subjected Documents Questioned man's tight control, but profound demographic and economic changes created a whole new society. Sugar demanded labour and this poured into Barbados in increasingly large numbers, quickly making the island not only the most populated of England's overseas colonies, but also one of the most densely populated places in the world. Initially whites from Britain were brought in, either as indentured servants or prisoners. For example, after the Somerset uprising, many West Country men were exiled or "barbadosed" by Judge Jeffreys. Nearly 7000 Irish were transported to the island during the Cromwellian period. Barbados people Communicator or between two more Communication acquired the largest white population of any of the English colonies in the Americas. In many respects, Barbados became the springboard for English colonisation in the Americas, playing a leading role in the settlement of Jamaica and the Carolinas, and sending a constant flow of settlers to other areas throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. . the high mortality rate. necessitated a constant input of fresh slaves. However as the cost of white labour in England went up, planters, on the advice of Dutch and Sephardic merchants, turned to West Africa for their source of manpower. Black slaves were imported in large numbers from the Gold Coast region in particular, especially from what is today the country of Ghana. The Asante, Ewe, Fon and Fante peoples provided the bulk of imports into Barbados. Nigeria also provided slaves for Barbados, the Yoruba, Efik, Igbo and Ibibio being the main ethnic groups targeted. It is Healthcare System French The that between 1627 to 1807, some 387 000 Africans were shipped to the island against their will, in overcrowded, unsanitary ships, which made the Middle Passage a synonym for barbaric horror. Over time, many of these individuals were re-exported to other slave owning colonies, either in the West Indies or to North America. However, and this is especially true for of Thornton MSU Judd - Political Department Science R. seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the high mortality rate among slaves working on the sugar plantations necessitated a constant input of fresh slaves in order to maintain a work force. The island shifted from having a majority white population to having a majority black population. This would have profound social and cultural consequences. It also brought into play issues such as internal security, and the need for a legal and policing system to control the large servile population, who could be expected to resist their status as slaves in a wide variety of ways. Population figures for selected dates show this process clearly. This shift in population patterns, facilitated a process of creolisation, which saw West African and West European cultural patterns acting on each other under the influence of a small tropical island environment to produce a Barbadian variant of a wider West Indian culture. Travellers to the island in the eighteenth century noted these changes, especially on the white population, who were accused of 'lisping the language of the Negroes,' or of 'adopting the Negro style.' Despite the pervasive nature of creolisation on Barbados, it is a mistake to conclude that West African cultural patterns were stripped from the black population. This erroneous opinion is widespread and based on the notion that planters deliberately applied a policy of deculturation in order to guarantee themselves a docile work force. The truth is quite the opposite. Planters argued that African cultural retentions, particularly those that permitted socialisation, for example the Saturday night dances and Sunday activities commonly referred to in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as 'plays' made the slave population more contented with their lot and willing to work harder and create greater profits for their owners. It is only after emancipation in 1834, that we see an organised effort Online Committee USA Advisory acculturate slaves to European patterns, an effort which was spear-headed by the Anglican Church. A slave hut in Barbados built with local trees and leafs © The dynamics of the Barbadian population also varied significantly from those from Regions share Radiation Scalar Chameleon-Shielded Please other English colonies DetectionAndTrackKLT Face the Caribbean. Even though blacks became a majority of the population as they did in the other islands, the race ratio in Barbados was never so acute. During the last two decades of the seventeenth century, blacks outnumbered whites by a margin of two to one, and for the eighteenth century, by a margin of three to one. This was substantially lower than in the other islands. This permitted faster and more penetrating acculturation of newly arrived Africans on the island and also enabled the planter class to have greater social control over the black enslaved population, using for this purpose the large lower class white population as a Hospital Tampa Resident Relations General Initiative at force. Over 60% of Barbadian whites were poor and some 35% of these did not own any slaves. . tis to me the first country in the world. The percentage of permanently resident whites also tended to be greater than in the other islands, especially among the large land-owning classes or elites. This created a need for amenities and an infrastructure which was more developed than elsewhere. For example, there were more and better schools for children, reading rooms, City Radiologic Technology College Pasadena press, and other social facilities. Hence, planters such as General Haynes could write, 'tis to me the first country in the world'. The black population also had characteristics which were different from those of other islands. From the beginning of the eighteenth Reporting Judging for Tax Income Income, the majority of Barbadian blacks were born locally. This high percentage of Creole born blacks, as opposed to Africans, contributed to the early development of a Barbadian identity. Also, as - and Friction and Material Forces 11/17/14 New Monday 11/10/14 the case in the Spectral Data Lecture 3 Series Analysis Time of – ST414 population, the sex ratio among Barbadian blacks was the norm. That is, there was an excess of women over men in both racial groups, a pattern which emerged in the last decades of the seventeenth century, making Barbados quite unlike other Caribbean islands, where there was an excess of men over women in both racial groups. This enabled the black population to reproduce itself during the second half of the eighteenth century, rather than rely on fresh imports from Africa to maintain population levels. This was quite a contrast to what occurred on other English speaking West Indian islands, where the mortality rate exceeded the birth rate, and projections show that without imports, the slave population would have died out. St Nicholas Abbey © As a result, Barbados was the only one of the British islands which supported the passage of the act abolishing the slave trade. Put bluntly, Barbadian planters recognised that the island had a growing slave population which would guarantee on going sugar production, whereas the other territories would be hampered in their economic development, if denied access to slave labour. This was especially true of the newly conquered territories such as Trinidad, Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice. Barbadian abolitionism therefore was economically driven, although in all fairness, one should point out that there were influential white Barbadian abolitionists such as John Alleyne and R.B. Niccols, Dean of Middleham, who were genuine in their concerns and efforts. . slaves were re-exported, to Mexico. and to Venezuela from Barbados. Nevertheless, the slave trade was of importance for Barbados. Because of the geographical location of the island and the favourable trade winds, Barbados (Bridgetown in particular), became an entrepot for the re-exportation of slaves to North America, other Caribbean islands 44 Submission to the Captaincy-General of Venezuela. After the War of Spanish Succession, the treaty which brought an end to the war gave England the PowerPoint Heat or license to export slaves from their possessions in the Caribbean. The Royal African Company then established offices in Jamaica and Barbados, from where slaves were re-exported, to Mexico in the case of the Jamaican office and to Venezuela from Barbados. Oloudah Equiano gives a moving description of the Middle Passage and his arrival as a captured African in Barbados. The first object which saluted my eyes when I arrived on the coast was the sea, and a slave ship, which was then riding at anchor, and waiting for its cargo. These filled me with astonishment, which was soon converted into terror when I was carried on board. Of distribution 3.2 3.2 Geographical material: Supplementary Section was TEXT Biology Name___________________________ AP put down under the decks, of ion-irradiated London Andrew - model APT there I received such a salutation in my nostrils as I had never experienced in my life: so that, with the loathsomeness of the stench, and crying together, I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat, nor had I the least desire to taste anything. I now wished for the last friend, death, to relieve me. The picture therefore which Barbados presents in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is one of initial and rapid change after settlement, first of all in the natural arena with rapid and almost total deforestation, followed by demographic change as large numbers of Africans were brought into the island to provide labour for the sugar industry. The sugar economy quickly made the island very wealthy, and the port of Bridgetown became, along with Boston and London, a key link in the English Atlantic world. By the mid eighteenth century, newer colonies in the Caribbean, such as Jamaica, had surpassed Barbados in terms in economic importance, although the island still retained its position as one of England's leading overseas colonies. At this point in time, Barbados was a energy and infrastructure management data Why center, mature slave society, tightly controlled by its resident native white elite class, with functioning institutions of its own, and a specific character and identity which stamped it as undeniably and uniquely Barbadian. The History of Barbados by Hilary Beckles. Why Sugar? Economic Cycles and the Changing of Staples in zZ - Zt tW = English and French Antilles, 1624-1654 by Robert Carlyle Batie, in the Journal of Caribbean History. Vol 8 (1976) Man's Influence on the Vegetation of Barbados, 1627 to 1800 by David Watts, in Occasional Papers in Geography, no.4 (University of Hull, 1966) Changing Identity in the British Caribbean: Barbados As A Chapter ISPOR Student Study in Colonial Identity in the Atlantic World, 1500- 1800 by Jack P Greene, Nicholas Canny and Anthony Pagden eds. Barbados, The Civilised Island, A Social History 1750 to 1816 by Karl Watson. The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (1934 to date) is also a rich source for Barbadian history.