Why Slaves Did Not Successfully Revolt In The Cape

949 words - 4 pages

Slaves in the Cape were generally a diverse group, and, due to the nature of the farms where they lived, were dispersed over a large area. The divisions among the slave community, such as origin, language and internal hierarchies and fear of punishment meant that slaves did not successfully revolt against their owners.Many historians have reported that Cape slaves were badly treated. Brutal descriptions of the way in which slaves were punished following their attempts at running away abound. "Individual slaves ran away from the harsh conditions on the farms and lived as fugitives. Most of them were caught: they were flogged, branded and sentenced to hard labour in chains".This brutal treatment was in part, used to deter slaves from rebellion. Slaves were beaten often, as a constant reminder of what would be the result of a rebellion. If a slave attacked his owners, he would be brutally treated. Many slave owners were very nervous and very aware of the fact that they were outnumbered by the slaves, and so would assert their dominance by repeated beating and whipping of their slaves.Due to the unpleasant conditions under which the slaves lived, spontaneous rebellion, born from frustration was the most common occurrence. Constant harsh treatment would spark a reaction to a particular situation, but this was not a widespread one, and there was little organization with regard a full-scale revolt.Although many of the slaves were concentrated in and around the Cape, many of them from this area were better treated than those from further away. (So were less inclined to want to revolt). Slaves from the agricultural regions inland were treated worse in general, they were isolated, and were unable to organize a revolt.The slaves were a diverse group of people, from several different countries. Some came from India and Indonesia (about 60%, in 1658), others from Africa (about 25%). Even within the population that originated in India, they came from a vast area, and were culturally very different. This meant that the slaves only had their bondage as a common ground. This did not seem to be enough to ensure a successful revolt.Slavery in the Cape in the seventeenth century was relatively new, and so a "slave culture" had not had enough time to develop, as it had done in other parts of the world. In America slaves began a whole culture, which encompassed not only their African traditions, but also developed new culture with their slavery, religion and their ability to deal with their bondage as a common ground. "Some of these (cultural developments) have been interpreted as a form of resistance to oppression, while other aspects were clearly survivals of a native culture in the new society". This lack of a Cape slave culture meant that the slaves did not have a common purpose which is a necessary ingredient for a successful rebellion. Slaves were even unable to form much of a...

Find Another Essay On Why slaves did not successfully revolt in the Cape

Why did the War not end before Christmas 1914?

876 words - 4 pages defeated within first 6 weeks, Great Britain would not be able to land their armies on French territory and will not be able to help France. Thus Germany could win the war on both Western and Eastern Front within 3-4 months. In actual practice Schlieffen Plan could not be carried out successfully.When Germany invaded France through Belgium, it's armies took more than 2 weeks to pass over Belgium and reach the border of France due to very strong

Roman Civilization: To what degree did Roman recognize that slaves were people and not things?

1783 words - 7 pages CLAS 1P92 Roman Civilization PaperTopic: To what degree did Roman recognize that slaves were people and not things?In the modern day, people still debate on whether the Roman recognized the slaves as people or things. There were circumstances where Romans recognized slaves as human beings; however, for most of the time during the Roman civilization, they perceived slaves as things. Slaves generated economic benefits to roman society through

Land of the Free Why did the majority of slaves, specifically blacks, side with Britain during and after the American Revolution?

2292 words - 9 pages beside them. Moreover, they had also dug trenches, buried bodies blistered in small pox, powdered wigs of officers', all the while marching smartly, drumming the regiments in and out of disaster.It is hard to estimate how many free blacks and slaves served in the Royal Army, but whatever the number; it is only a fraction of those who were willing to wear red coats-if only the British had let them. It is not that the blacks were necessarily pro

What advantages did Xerxes enjoy when he invaded Greece in 480 BC and why did he not gain victory over the Greeks?

2698 words - 11 pages CLASS 2035: Glory of Athens & Shadow of SpartaClassics Major EssayWhat advantages did Xerxes enjoy when he invaded Greece in 480 BC and why did he not gain victory over the Greeks?Cormac Griffin (A1177407)IntroductionThe victory of the Greeks over the Persians in the Second Persian War is, to this day, one of the peaks of Hellenic history. Arguably, this is because the result was so unforeseen. The disjointed and fragmented Greeks, divided

Why did the parliamentarians not the royalists win the first British civil war?

1800 words - 7 pages Why did the parliamentarians not the royalists win the first civil war?This essay is directed at not only showing why the parliamentarians won the first civil war but why the royalists lost. Many points shall be examined such as finance, leadership, foreign support, motives for fighting, and regions of control through out Britain and the New Model Army.There were two sides in the civil war; royalists who supported the king, who also known as

Why Faustus did not repent in "Doctor Faustus" by Christopher Marlowe

479 words - 2 pages Faustus’s RepentFaustus did not repent even though he had many chances. He claims that the devil was “Holding his hands down” when he wished to raise them in praise to god, among other actions. He doesn’t seriously think about repenting until the last hour that he has on earth, asking forgiveness while Satan and his helpers tear him to pieces. Faustus doesn’t repent because of fear, uncertainty, and pure ignorance.First

Why did sparta not manage to get control over a large part of the greek world that athens did?

2290 words - 9 pages Why did Sparta not manage to get control over a large part of the Greek world that Athens did?In 550BC the Spartans defeated Tegea, this was followed by Argos in 544BC. From 520-490BC under king Cleomenes Sparta was seen as the leader of the Peloponnese and the leader in Greek defence against Persia. In 490BC the Peloponnesian league was created with Sparta as the recognised leader. Despite all this, the Spartans never managed to get control

Why did Trotsky not become the new leader of the Bolshevik party after Lenin's death?

3990 words - 16 pages his misplaced loyalty to Marxism. These debates did not slow him down as he fast became Lenin's favorite after joining the Bolshevik party. Why was Lenin's testament so important to Trotsky's downfall in the party and government? Lenin's testament was a document that Lenin wrote a year before he died about the way in which the Bolshevik leadership should be organised after his death. This document was critical of all the main Bolshevik

Why Women Did not Have the Right to Vote by 1914

728 words - 3 pages As the 19th century progressed, women were quite successful as they were able to get the civil rights such as to vote in local elections. However, some women wanted the right to vote in parliamentary elections. These women joined a campaign called the suffrage movement. I will explain all the factors of why women didn’t gain the right to vote before 1914 in this essay. One long term reason for women not gaining the vote was the Victorian

Short essay discusses why Socrates did not fear death

614 words - 2 pages is not at risk, it is hard to determine if they will fear death when the time comes. Generally speaking, people fear what they do not understand. If one does not understand why their life is endangered or must be sacrificed it is likely that they will fear death. If a person has not achieved their goals in life, contributed in some way to the world or impacted the life of another person, they will not be so willing to give their life away

Why did Stalin take power and not Trotsky? The power struggle between the Bolshevik after Lenin's death

1306 words - 5 pages Why did Stalin take power and not Trotsky?In 1921 Lenin died and a power struggle emerged upon the top members of the Bolshevik party to take over as leader of the Bolshevik party no knowing that in doing so will eventually get themselves exiled out of Russia or Killed by a man largely underestimated and never thought to go to the extremes he did.Lenin had been ill for some time and it was obvious he was not going to live for much longer after

Similar Essays

What Were The Causes Of The Berbice Revolt Of 1763? Why Did The Revolt Fail?

824 words - 4 pages were forced to live and also the harsh treatment and brutal punishments inflicted on them by their owners. The causes of the 1763 rebellion/revolt in Berbice resulted from harsh treatment. For example they had to work long hours on plantations and the masters did not care about the manner in which he was treating the slaves but of making a profit; the slaves also has a great passion to get their freedom because some of them knew what freedom felt

Why Did The 1919 Paris Peace Settlement Not Provide A Durable Peace In Europe

1547 words - 6 pages Why did the 1919 Paris settlement not provide a durable peace in Europe? The First World War, was without a doubt one of the most tragic events in the history of people. It was fought on a scale, and at a cost in human suffering, unparalleled in the history of man kind. Countries from every continent, including most of those in Europe, had taken part. Whole populations had been marshalled to serve their countries war efforts1. All these came

Why Did Britain Not Go To War In March 1938?

1982 words - 8 pages Why did Britain not go to war in March 1938Many historians have traced the causes of World War II to problems left unsolved by World War I (1914-1918). World War I and the treaties that ended it also created new political and economic problems. Forceful leaders in several countries took advantage of these problems to seize power. The desire of dictators in Germany, Italy, and Japan to conquer additional territory brought them into conflict with

Why Did The Us Bomb Japan, But Not Germany?

1120 words - 4 pages succeeded, the Americans would not be able to fight back as Japan’s armed forces spread across the South Pacific. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack. At about 8 in the morning with the Sun on the horizon, Japanese airplanes came fast as lightning over the base of Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets poured onto the vessels that were just under. Around 10 minutes after the signal of Pearl Harbor