Wednesday, June 14, 2006

African Bondage in the Caribbean

I took these photos at the African Heritage Museum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
There were runaway slave ads as well
as advertisements for slave auctions.
There were also accounts of punishments to be handed out.

Somehow many people forget that most of the kidnapped Africans were taken to the Caribbean and South America.
To see the well-worn and obviously used condition of these instruments of punishment and terror, was a chilling reminder of the brutality that Africans endured.

Sugar cane was the cash crop that sealed our fate

Photo: Enslaved Africans, Puerto Rico