Slave Acculturation

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Slave Acculturation The seasoning process, as applied to the treatment of plantation slaves, was designed to ensure not only that the slaves would become totally dependent upon the dictates of their owners but also to destroy the cultural links which the slaves had with their former homelands. In the West African kingdoms which provided one of the major source of slaves at the height of the triangle trade, slavery was part of the indigenous culture; however, the motivation behind African domestic slavery was for the main part political, and intricately bound up with the way in which the capture of those from neighbouring tribes would allocate bargaining power to the captors; it was not necessary to impose a process …show more content…
One of the most effective ways in which a small group can initiate and maintain dominance over a larger one is by the use of example. It is not necessary to maintain a ratio of one guard to one prisoner provided the prisoners are kept in constant fear of the retribution which will follow if transgressions happen to be noted by a guard. In order to instil fear into those Africans who still retained sufficient mental and physical strength to be capable of rebellion even after the sea voyage and their treatment in the slave markets, it was only necessary to make an example of whichever individual was considered by the others as a leader, and demonstrate the capacity of the slave-owners to deal even with the strongest member of the group.

Since at this point the African captives were not sufficiently organised, due to the dislocation inflicted on them by their transportation, to effect any organised retaliation, this would serve as a further indication that resistance would meet with repercussions which would affect the entire group. A further method of establishing dominance was to
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