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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Enslavement of Black People in Cuba

There Was a Spanish Flavor of 'Slave Codes' in CubaThere Was a Spanish Flavor of 'Slave Codes' in Cuba
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Things You Didn’t Know About the Enslavement of Black People in Cuba

Life Expectancy of Enslaved People in Sugar Mills Was No Greater than Eight Years
Life Expectancy of Enslaved People in Sugar Mills Was No Greater than Eight Years

Life Expectancy of Enslaved People in Sugar Mills Was No Greater than Eight Years

Working in sugar refineries and sugar cane plantations is a daunting task and often significantly reduces the life expectancy of slaves. According to documents provided by the Latin American Research Center, slaves who worked in sugar factories could live up to eight years because of poor working conditions, poor housing conditions, insufficient rest periods, and various other factors and the Caribbean of New York University. Once they die, their owners can quickly change them without having to think twice.

Enslaved Pregnant Women Were Often Beaten on the Belly
Enslaved Pregnant Women Were Often Beaten on the Belly

Enslaved Pregnant Women Often Beaten on the Belly

Cuban slave owners are particularly cruel to pregnant women. Although slave owners in the Americas tend to punish women regardless of pregnancy, in Cuba, these pregnancies used as part of the punishment. According to “My Freedom of Thought: A Story of African Americans,” when female slaves punished, some Cuban hosts punched them in the stomach, which often caused miscarriages.

Slavery Continued On Well After It Had Been 'Abolished' in 1817
Slavery Continued On Well After It Had Been ‘Abolished’ in 1817

Slavery Continued On Well After It Had Been ‘Abolished’ in 1817

Under a treaty of 1817 to which Spain and Britain adhered, the slave colony in the Spanish territory of Cuba abolished. Unfortunately, it did not end the slavery that the blacks brought back abroad. Between 1821 and 1831, over 300 expeditions continued to kidnap Africans to enslave Cuban goods. It’s believed that these expeditions in Cuba had captured more than 60,000 blacks.

Slavery in Cuba Was Gendered
Slavery in Cuba Was Gendered

Slavery in Cuba Was Gendered

According to Volume III of the general history of the Caribbean, unlike slavery in the United States, servitude in Cuba is based on sex. Often slaves have different tasks and duties than slaves. It differs from slavery in the United States, where men and women must bear the same workload, especially in rural areas. Women still work as hard as men and often work in the fields, but many slaves are obliged to operate taverns or do more housework.

The Haitian Revolution Boosted Demand to Enslave Black People in Cuba
The Haitian Revolution Boosted Demand to Enslave Black People in Cuba

The Haitian Revolution Boosted Demand to Enslave Black People in Cuba

After the Haitian Revolution, slavery became more lucrative for slave traders and slaves in Cuba. After the end of slavery in Haiti and a series of brutal embargoes imposed on Western colonies by pre-war colonies after the Revolution of 1804, Cuba became the leading supplier of the world market. Sugar This has encouraged more people to engage in the slave trade so that all who focus on Cuba as a major exporter of sugar can earn more from confectionery.



Enslaved People Started to Outnumber the White Population in Cuba 
Enslaved People Started to Outnumber the White Population in Cuba

Enslaved People Started to Outnumber the White Population in Cuba 

The Cuban enslaved population has started to overgrow that there are serious concerns that the number of enslaved people will exceed the country’s white population. According to Latin American Companions, slaves accounted for nearly 40% of the Cuban population. Adding this number to the number of black liberated in the country, it easily exceeds the white people. The Cuban Government eventually began to lie about the actual population to avoid the fear of serious unrest.

 

 

There Was a Spanish Flavor of 'Slave Codes' in Cuba
There Was a Spanish Flavor of ‘Slave Codes’ in Cuba

There Was a Spanish Flavor of ‘Slave Codes’ in Cuba

The Spanish Government has adopted laws governing the treatment of slaves. There are instructions for everything from how many times a bit beat to the number of hours worked per day. Unfortunately, the enslaved people largely ignored this set of rules called the Spanish Black Code or the Black Spanish Code. Candy owners insisted that slaves should work for at least 20 hours at a reasonable income, and said that the punishment regulations would lead to mass rebellion.

Black Women Endured Rape by White Masters in Hopes of Gaining Freedom 
Black Women Endured Rape by White Masters in Hopes of Gaining Freedom

Black Women Endured Rape by White Masters in Hopes of Gaining Freedom 

Policies have put in place that allows people to be freely enslaved, but such systems are certainly not natural. Slaves can buy freedom, but this is a high price that many people cannot afford. On the other hand, women have another option. According to the “General History of the Caribbean, Volume III,” white raped slaves Want at least a traumatic experience because Cuban politics has given free black children to individual black slaves.

Spaniards Weren't the Ones Who Introduced Cuba to Large-Scale Slave Trading.
Spaniards Weren’t the Ones Who Introduced Cuba to Large-Scale Slave Trading.

Spaniards Weren’t the Ones Who Introduced Cuba to Large-Scale Slave Trading.

Although the Spanish in Cuba maintain slavery, they are not introduced on a large scale. Before Britain controlled the island in the 1960s, a small group of slaves had been brought to Cuba, but it was not until Britain introduced thousands of slaves to Cuba that it has become an essential part of its economic base. At the end of the Seven Years’ War, Britain agreed to allow Cuba to take back Spain, and then Spain decided to keep slavery established.

 

Black People Were Enslaved Specifically for Their Superior Strength
Black People Were Enslaved Specifically for Their Superior Strength

Black People Were Enslaved Specifically for Their Superior Strength

Africans and Chinese enslaved in Cuba, but blacks explicitly have chosen for their superiority over other races. According to CubaHistory.org, blacks generally considered better than white people, making them a target for those involved in the slave trade.


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