The Baptist War 1831

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2/23/16

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  • 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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