Subject: Social Studies
Date: October 2020
The Sugar Plantations The focus question is: How did the coming of the ethnic groups affect the Caribbean? Life on the plantation for the slaves was brutal and unpleasant. The slaves belonged to the slave masters or owners. They had neither rights nor choices and had to work tirelessly for long hours in the hot sun. They were beaten and brutally punished if they were disobedient or seen idling. Field slaves worked on the sugar plantations, while house slaves worked in the Great houses. Most slaves however ,worked on the plantations. Only at nights were the slaves allowed to engage in their different forms of recreations, such as singing, dancing, playing drums, telling stories and guessimg riddles. Life was really hard and unpleasant for slaves on the sugar plantations. Activity Write the answers for the following questions. 1. Three (3) things which made life hard for the slaves on the plantations were: A. ___________________________________________________________ B. ___________________________________________________________ C. ___________________________________________________________ 2. Which two categories of slaves were mentioned in the passage? _______________________ ___________________________ 3. What, in your opinion, could have made life a little better for the slaves on the sugar plantation? ___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 4. Ten (10) slaves planted one thousands five hundred (1500) sugarcane suckers in one (1) day. How many suckers would they plant in 5 days? _______________________________ 5. The drum was one of the chief musical instruments for the slaves. To which group of musical instruments does the drum belong? ______________________________ For these questions do additional research Write: A. The names of the sugar factories in Jamaica B. Four (4) Caribbean countries in which large sugar plantations were found.