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James Drax

An insurrection aboard a slave ship, one of the many hazards of the ‘unrighteous’ trade

Slaves on a ship, ‘so many and so close together, that we can hardly breathe … suffocated, stewed and parboyled altogether in a Crowd, till we almost rot each other and our selves.’  

‘Revenge taken by the black Army [in the Haitian Revolution] for Cruelties practiced on them by the French’, from a book published in London in 1805

James Drax

The Haitian Revolution as imagined by a German artist. Fear of retribution by the blacks dominated the lives of the whites in the slave societies of the West Indies.

A drawing by William Blake of a slave hung by the ribs and left to die. Slave owners in the West Indies constantly surpassed themselves in the invention of ever more brutal tortures.

 

 

 

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