Slavery in the Bahamas

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Slavery existed in the Bahamas. It consisted of a variety of unpaid labour which the slaves were required to do.

Types of slave labour[edit]

Field labour[edit]

This is the most common job.[citation needed] They seem to be involved in every aspect of agricultural work, such as preparing the fields, planting, weeding, and harvesting. They also feed the cattle on the plantation.


Although the most skilled craftsman's post was normally reserved for whites,[citation needed] the increasing slave population resulted in more slaves filling the vacancies left by the whites. Most are situated in New Providence. Common fields include: