Resistance and Revolt

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CARIBBEAN HISTORY S.B.A

Name: Shanieka Dijonai English Subject: Caribbean History Proficiency: General Registration #: School: Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha” Centre #: Teacher: Mrs. Susan Nelson-Bloomfield

Question A
The form of resistance being depicted in the picture is marronage. Another name for marronage is the running away of slaves from the plantation. If the colony had a dense population the runaways would go to the port towns where they would seek fake certificates to forge their freedom, which would give them an advantage of living with the Coloureds. In larger colonies slaves made their way into the middle of the island, which was mostly forested. Hidden villages were in this area, thus, the runaways were readily accepted. All homes, food items and cattle had to be abandoned if the militia or troops discovered the village. Most slave chose the uncertainty of freedom than the misery of slavery. Slaves in small colonies were at a disadvantage and their escape was not successful sometimes. In 1684 in the colony of Antigua the assembly posted two shillings for a live slave and 1 shilling for a dead one. Some runaway villages became very string or well hidden which prevented them from being easily destroyed. From this the most well known form of slavery resistance was born, which is known as marronage.

Question B Over the two centuries, there was a daily resistance by the African men and women as they tried to gain control of their own lives and as well as sabotaging the property of their masters. There were multiple ways in which the slaves could stand up for themselves such as if the work loads increased, meager rations were provided, slaves were punished severely slaves showed their displeasure by working slowly, faking illness, destroying tools or sabotaging production. Those forms of resistance aggravated the master, but they could take little or no action because this could risk



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