Sugar Slave Trade In Caribbean Research Paper


¶ … Sugar When it comes to the slave trade, there are many facets, periods and facts surrounding slavery and how it progressed that can be explored, nitpicked and analyzed. However, that overall subject is rather broad and without focus, one could literally write a book about the subject and not run out of fresh material to look at or use. However, the author of this report would avoid that by focusing on the middle passage, the sugar trade that occurred during the same and why slavery was the common choice to facilitate the sugar trade rather than focus on the use of indentured servants or even paid labor. While the fairly easy answer is that the subjugation and exploitation of blacks allowed for good labor for free other than the movement and control of the slaves.


Even with the fairly obvious reasons why slaves were the tool of the trade used to provide labor for the sugar trade, the issue is far from being monolithic when it comes to who supported it, who did not support it and what happened as a result of this back and forth. The sugar harvesting situation in question has come to be an extremely salient example of triangular trade. Beyond that, it was a very profitable example. What is meant by triangular trade is that there three, rather than two, points of commerce when it came to the economics of how the sugar trade worked. Manufacturing goods were traded for the West African coast in exchange for slaves that were traded from that point....


Those slaves were then shipped to the sugar colonies to work the fields. This is the "middle passage" referenced in the title of this report. Thirdly, there was the shipment of completely and harvested sugar, molasses and rum that were shipped from the islands to England. All of this went on despite the fact that slavery was technically illegal in England dating back to 1772. Beyond that, Parliament was in a tizzy about the fact it was going on in the columns and in the thick of the broader trade movements of the same. Even with slavery itself being outlawed in 1772, the sugar trade that involved the slavery was not banned until 1807 and the slaves themselves were not emancipated until 1833 (Michigan, 2016).
While the use of paid labor and/or indentured servants was technically an option prior to the banning of the use of slaves, the conditions and situations that were enforced during the sugar trade that involved the salves would not have been acceptable given the conditions that he slaves faced. Mortality rates were alarmingly high for the slaves that worked in the area. In total, there were roughly four million slaves brought to the Caribbean as part of the sugar trade. Almost every single one of those millions of slaves ended up on sugar plantations. The conditions face by the slaves were extremely harsh. The prior-mentioned mortality rates faced by slaves were sometimes ten times as much as those of the Europeans in the same area. The slaves did not always take all…

Sources Used in Documents:


Great Blacks in Wax. (2016). National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Retrieved 23 March 2016, from

Michigan. (2016). Sugar in the Atlantic World -- Case 6 Sugar and Slavery. Retrieved 23 March 2016, from

PBS. (2016). Africans in America/Part 1/The Middle Passage. Retrieved 23 March 2016, from

Cite this Document:

"Sugar Slave Trade In Caribbean" (2016, March 23) Retrieved June 24, 2024, from

"Sugar Slave Trade In Caribbean" 23 March 2016. Web.24 June. 2024. <>

"Sugar Slave Trade In Caribbean", 23 March 2016, Accessed.24 June. 2024,

Related Documents

Their attention did not extend to the slaves themselves, however. As much as ten to thirty percent of slaves transported across the Atlantic along the middle passage of the triangular journey perished, but the slave trade flourished in Europe just the same (Williams and Palmer, 133). Disease, complete immobility, lack of space and fresh air, and sometimes even a lack of food and water, claimed many victims along the journey,

" And as for this article's information on mortality among slaves in South America, "Death rates among slaves in the Caribbean were one-third higher than in the south...and sometimes Latin American slaves were forced to wear iron masks to keep them from eating dirt or drinking liquor." It was cruel to force slaves in Latin America to produce their own food "in their free time" (Digital History), but that was

Caribbean Only Michener could so exquisitely bring the violent, exciting history of the attractive Caribbean to life. Swaying away from the European Courts of the 15th century that first claimed the area, to the Islands themselves, we lookout at the outburst of the magnificent sugar farm constructed on the backs of slaves, the bloodstained and triumphant revolt in Haiti in 1800. And in recent times, the diffusion of the Rastafarian belief,

Slavery in the Caribbean

Caribbean Slavery Black slavery in the Antilles helped define Caribbean culture. Most people living in Haiti, Jamaica, and the smaller islands of the Caribbean are descended from these slaves, something that can't be said for most of the American south. To understand this culture requires a careful analysis of the sugar trade, colonial powers, and the nature of society in these colonies. Sugar cane became a profitable commodity in the Caribbean in

Caribbean Islands

Caribbean Islands Drug trade in the Caribbean Islands Scenario 1: The political scene Unfortunately for those aiming to stop the drug exodus from the Caribbean islands into the United States and the drug trade in the region, it has often been the case that many of these governments were corrupt, encouraging thus money laundering and drugs for their own high profits, to the degree that they were themselves part of the chain. Additionally,

Slavery in the Caribbean: Effects on Culture, Race and Labour Origins of slavery The Caribbean slavery began in the 16th and 17th century during the emergence of piracy. The basis for the modern Caribbean dates back to the slave trade and slavery. During the 16th century, outsiders settled in the Caribbean. This was a period characterised the European powers struggling for trade supremacy and the utilization of newly found resources. During the