Europe’s Sugar Bowl: A Short History of Slavery in the Caribbean Europe’s Sugar Bowl: A Short History of Slavery in the Caribbean Slavery is a recurring theme in the literature of the Caribbean. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, European expansion and trade led to the settlement of colonies in the Caribbean. This was a time of extreme exploitation and subjugation, where African slavery became a system of market production. Africans were forcibly brought to British owned colonies in the Caribbean and sold as slaves to produce sugar, coffee, cacao and cotton on large plantations. The Caribbean was entirely dependant on African slave labour and by 1660, nearly every Caribbean Island had been colonized by Europeans and was producing...The end:
....., the system of slavery persisted for centuries until the abolition of the slave trade was fulfilled in 1833. Whether the British abolished slavery out of humanitarian concern or out of pragmatism in the face of the colonies’ economic decline remains a controversial debate. References Moore, B.L., Higman, B.W., Campbell, C., & Bryan, P. (2003). Slavery, Freedom and Gender: The Dynamics of Caribbean Society. U.S.A.: University of the West Indies Press. Sheridan, R.B. (2000). Sugar and Slavery: An Economic History of the British West Indies, 1623-1775. Kingston, Jamaica: Canoe Press. Solow, B.L., & Engerman, S.L. (1987). British Capitalism and Caribbean Slavery: The Legacy of Eric Williams. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.