The Slave Revolution in the Caribbean Essay

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The Slave Revolution in the Caribbean Colonists in the eighteenth century created plantations that produced goods such as tobacco, cotton, indigo, and more importantly, sugar. These plantations required forced labor, and thus slaves were shipped from Africa to the new world. “The Caribbean was a major plantation that was a big source of Europe’s sugar, and increasing economic expansion. The French had many colonies, including its most prize possession Saint- Domingue (Haiti).” Life on the plantations of Saint- Domingue was very brutal and most of the salves who survived the journey to the New World died within a few years of their arrival (Slave Revolution 7). This brutal …show more content…
190).” Haiti made a Declaration of Independence to declare their independence from France, just as the United States had done to declare their independence from Great Britain. This was the start of the formation, of the Haitian Republic and their rise to independence. There were also economic issues surrounding the revolution which led to the formation of Haiti’s Republic. In a proclamation addressed to Black citizens states that the republic, in recognizing the rights that nature gave you, did not intend to release you from the obligation of working…those who are not incorporated into the armed forces go to work cultivating the land and planting food as quickly as possible (Slave Rev. 135). This proclamation allowed blacks their freedom and recognized them as citizens, but it also inclined blacks to continue working to maintain the economy of the colonies, and to keep some kind of hold on men of color. Without slaves to work on the plantations, the colonies economy would have decreased. Europe and the colonies depended on forced labor to acquire what they needed/wanted to keep up their economy. Another issue surrounding the revolution in

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