Roles of Enslaved Women in the Sugar Estates
Laborers Women entered into field work because they were cheaper to buy. Male slaves became involved with carpentry and blacksmithing because it was a more skilled labor, which lead to female slaved being bought to work in the fields. This eventually made the plantation have more female slaves than males. When on small farms, women did the same jobs men would do but when on a large scale plantation, the work was divided. The men would go chop wood for fences while the women would be in charge of the construction of the fence itself. Men would be the ones who plowed the fields while women, on the other hand would be the ones who hoed. Since men put to work on non-field occupations, the women took over the field work, out-numbered the men and dominated in field work. Enslaved women also worked as domestic workers inside the slave master’s house. They were the ones responsible for the cooking and the cleaning and the washing. Everything that a maid would do in this present time, they did in the past.
Companions In the late 1620’s slave women were brought to New Amsterdam as company for the slave men. The women believed in
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