1500-1799 | Burning people alive | Gibbeting | Slavery | Torture

Slaves faced death ‘with amazing obstinacy’ following aborted revolt

11 October 1736 In 1735, falling sugar prices combined with a prolonged drought threatened many of Antigua’s British plantation owners with significant financial losses. Their response was to cut rations for their slaves, to raise daily work quotas and to severely flog those failing to meet them. This may explain why in November a group…

1500-1799 | Executions | Gibbeting | Jamaica | Slavery

Report from Jamaica – Gibbeted slaves survive four to eight days

18 June 1760 A letter, dated the 18 June 1760, from the British Caribbean territory of Jamaica and subsequently published in newspapers across England, Scotland and Ireland, described, with a grudging respect, the resilience of slaves who ‘are gibbeted alive in terrorem (and)  commonly live from four to eight days, which under the intense heat…