1500-1799 | Jamaica | Slavery | Torture

Slave overseer’s diary notes on a summer of depraved torture

26 May 1756 On 26 May 1756 in Jamaica, plantation overseer Thomas Thistlewood, who was unusual in keeping meticulous notes on the punishments he meted out to the slaves under his care, noted in his diary the depraved punishment given to a hungry slave, Derby, who was seen eating sugar cane.  Thistlewood ordered that he…

1500-1799 | Flogging | Jamaica | Slavery | Torture

Plantation overseer invents revolting punishment for a slave

28 January 1756 We catch a shocking glimpse of some of the sadistic punishments inflicted on slaves through the journals of Thomas Thistlewood, a plantation overseer in the British colony of Jamaica. He held those slaves under his charge in utter contempt. He not only used many of the women for his own sexual gratification…