The Barbados Slave Codes

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Barbados Slave Codes

In 1627, English colonizers began to settle in Barbados, an eastern Caribbean island, to expand...
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  • I was extremely surprised to see a video pop up instead of the traditional article. The pictures and music set the mood so well it was hard to not get caught up in the video. The creator does an excellent job in reporting such an extent of information in an easy to understand way without overloading the listener with too much information. The tones of the authors voice really pushed the article along and truly made it even more fascinating.

  • This video is very well made, and i liked that the commentary matched up with the pictures that were being shown. On the actual commentary, I am brought back to learning about the slave codes in high school. We didn’t go into as much detail, but I do remember being in shock how the slaves were transported on ships. They were crammed into small ships that should not fit too many people, with no sanitation, bathrooms, food, and water, and so many died just on the way to barbados. As said in the video, they were considered “interchangeable parts to a machine”, so when the prisoners died, they would just send more.

  • This video has many interesting details about the slave codes. While I learned the basics of the triangular trade in school, your video introduced me to so many new details that illustrate the cruelty of the slave trade, like the law that declared a slave’s face would be burned on their second offence and the law that denied them the right to a fair trial by jury.

  • I really enjoyed watching your video. It was really informative, and did a great job of setting the background. I had not realized that Irish settlers and indentured were used before the slaves. It is crazy that so many, upwards of 400,000 Africans, were brought to Barbados. Furthermore, I had not realized that the codes were meant to be good for both the slaves and the slave owners, but unfortunately that did not happen.

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