The Baptist War 1831
By kblount, Updated
The year is 1831, in Jamaica. Many slaves as of late had been fed up with the long hours of work and minimal pay.
About 60,000 slaves of the 300,000 present joined a protest Samuel Sharpe, a preacher and slave, organized.
However, word of the protest spread to the British colonists. They planned to break up the protests by force.
The once peaceful protest turned into an angry rebellion. Things were broken and people were hurt. They burned and looted plantations, causing $1.1M in damage.
The human toll was the worst part. 300 slaves and 14 whites were killed in the rebellion.
Sadly, Sharpe and another 300 slaves were hanged for their participation in the rebellion. While this rebellion wasn't successful at first, however, a year later, Parliament abolished slavery in the British Empire.
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