UK Plantation Economy

Advertisement, an estate for sale on NevisThe plantation economy

Land in the Caribbean islands was cheap, but the costs of setting up a sugar plantation were high. Sir Dalby Thomas in 1690 estimated that a 100 acre plantation on the island of Barbados, with 50 enslaved Africans, seven white indentured servants, sugar mill, boiling works, equipment and livestock would cost £5,625 (over £250,000 at today’s values). To recover these costs, the plantations had to produce enough good quality sugar to pay off debts and mortgages and cover the running costs each year. The owners also wanted a profit. Some families, such as the Pinneys of Nevis in the Caribbean and Bristol, were able to build up a fortune based on land, sugar producing and trading.

Enslaved people from Africa were the basis of these sugar fortunes. John Pinney, a plantation owner on the island of Nevis, wrote in the 1760s to his managers “a word respecting the care of my slaves and stock [animals] – your own good sense must tell you they are the sinews of a Plantation and must claim your particular care and attention”. He also wrote that “it is impossible for a Man to make sugar without the assistance of Negroes as to make bricks without straw”. Continue reading

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Shut Up or Shut Down

Blue Devil PillShut up. There is going to be war regardless. Shut down. This is what you get when the puppets do not stick to shutting up and working harder. Instead they still find the time to criticize the government on its planned war in Syria and Iran.  On September 11th there was the general warning. Did we listen? We tried to, but we did not have the right key to unlock the message.

Instead of shutting up, the protests against the war in Syria grew louder. Protesters were listening without the ears to hear, watching without the eyes to see. Deaf and blind, they were ready for punishment. For punishment is still the name of the game. Thou protesteth too much? Let us see how much protesting thou willeth be able to do on an empty stomach. Continue reading