The Barbados Slave Codes were laws set up by the British to justify the practice of slavery and legalize the planters' inhumane treatment of their slaves. Under these codes, the slaves had the status of farm animals or chattel and had no human rights.Know More
A few decades after the British first settled in Barbados in 1627, sugar became the export that powered the economy. At first, thousands of indentured Irish prisoners worked the plantations. Later, the planters turned to slaves brought over from West Africa as a cheaper source of labor. From 1627 to 1807, almost 400,000 Africans crossed the sea to work the plantations, as the high mortality rate made a constant flow of new slaves necessary.
The Barbados Slave Codes allowed the planters to control the slaves by any means they felt necessary without repercussion. Though the codes were meant to benefit both sides, on the slaves' part the only positive aspect of the code was a guarantee of a change of clothing once a year. The planters, on the other hand, had the authority to beat, whip, brand, maim, mutilate, burn or kill a slave with no risk of punishment. Slaves had none of the rights guaranteed any person under English common law.
The Barbados Slave Codes were the first laws implemented in a slave colony for the benefit of slave owners, but other colonies followed the example. Soon similar slave codes, adapted to local circumstances, were passed in Jamaica, Antigua and South Carolina.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
People in Barbados eat Bajan food, which is a hybrid blend of British, African and Indian cuisine styles. The national dish is cou-cou served with flying fish; this dish is a food that is made from corn meal and okra. Other staples include local fish, sweet potatoes and yams, breadfruit, rice, cassava and pasta. The most prominent foods on the island are sugar, rice, potatoes, molasses and corn.Full Answer >
The effects of the black codes were that the newly freed slaves had a difficult time creating self-sustaining lives and the white slave owners were given an abundance of cheap labor options. The black codes were not well received by the Northern states and were eventually abolished due to the 14th and 15th Amendments, though the black codes would reappear in the Jim Crow Laws, which would not be abolished until 1964 with the Civil Rights Act.Full Answer >
The Declaration of Independence was written to justify the American colonies' break from Great Britain and to make it easier to gain international support from potential allies. It enumerated the rights of man and the grievances the colonists had against British rule.Full Answer >
The main staple crops of the American colonies were tobacco, corn, wheat and cotton. A variety of fruits and vegetables were also grown on a smaller scale.Full Answer >