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Luisa Farah Schwartzman

- Ultimate fits of despair, escapes and suicides were common - Not allowed to move, or talk without permission - Fear, ill-treatment, disease and epidemics decimated the slave cargos and many of the prisoners died during the ocean crossing due to hunger - When the ship reaches its destination, the captain tries to unload his cargo as fast as possible of fear of more deaths, gives orders to feed the slaves - Once they are fed and healthy-fied, they are taken to a surgeon who estimates his/her strength and health - Once purchased, he is braded on the chest or the shoulder with a red hot silver stamp in the master’s initials - A slave was often resold for 3-4 times his price on the African coast - Scholars estimate that the total number of people taken away from Africa, by the Atlantic slave trade was 12-15 million - Ordinary productions of the islands cleared by the blacks are sugarcane, coffee, cotton, coco, indigo, cochineal, raccoon, ginger, etc. - Their life consisted of nothing but forced labor and corporal punishments - Kept in a state of barbaric submission, the growing numbers of the slaves was a threat for the white colonists The slave who has been a runaway for a month, counting from the day when his master reported his escape to the judge, will have his ears cut off and will be branded with a fleur-de-lis on one shoulder, and if he does it again, counting the same length of time from the day of denunciation, he
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