The Baptist War, 1831

The Baptist War, 1831

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  • The Slave Rebellion Begins
  • Slavery is unfair!
  • We want freedom! We want good wages!
  • Freedom for all!
  • The British Refuse To Help
  • Indeed! Go tell them to get back to work! Haha! They thought!
  • Yes sir!
  • Not those slaves again! With their "freedom" rubbish.
  • The Slaves Plan a Strike
  • Serves them right! If they won't help us, then we won't farm for them anymore!
  • Well, how about we go on strike?
  • No work? Sounds good to me!
  • In the beginning, slaves in Jamaica peacefully protested against the British for basic freedoms and decent wages. They were inspired to start a movement by other abolitionist movements in Great Britain.
  • The British Plan to Attack
  • I agree. Soldiers, prepare the troops. We shall attack this strike by force.
  • Yes sir!
  • The British refused to grant the Jamaican slaves freedom or better wages. This made the slaves angry and provoked them to try a new tactic.
  • The Slaves Repond With Violence
  • *British Forces Coming for them*
  • The slave's new plan was to go on a general strike. This meant that they would refuse to work on the plantations until their requests were met.
  • Many Slaves Die
  • HA! We won! White Power!
  • The British became angry because the slaves weren't working. If the slaves kept refusing to work, then they were going to keep loosing money. So, they planned to use force and violence to stop the strike.
  • We must stop these slaves at once!
  • Yeah! Before we all go bankrupt!
  • When the slaves heard that the British were bringing in forces, they responded with violent acts. They looted and burned many plantations out of anger. This caused about 1.1 million dollars in damage.
  • In the end, the rebellion led to over 600 slave deaths. About half were killed and the other half were hanged. The slaves only managed to kill 14 white people. Although the slaves did not win, the effects of this rebellion influenced the British Parliament to get rid of slavery one year later.
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