How to Maintain 'Negroes' on Plantations
Gentleman's Magazine, October 1764, p. 487

History of the Sugar-Cane.
In the sugar-islands Negroes are a very important object of attention: The following observations, therefore, are worthy to be remembered:
The Congo Negroes are comely and docile, but not hardy enough for the labour of the field, they should therefore be kept for houshold business, or taught the mechanic arts, and they will then turn to very good account.
The Pawpaws from the Gold Coast are the best for field labour, but no Negroe should be bought old; such are always sullen and unteachable, and frequently put an end to their own lives.
A Cormantee will never brook servitude, though young, but will either destroy himself, or murder his master.
All Negroes are subject to worms, and other disorders, arising from change of climate and food; they should, therefore, when first purchased, be blooded, and purged with vervain and sempre-vive; they should be allowed plenty of food easily digested, and treated with kindness, they will then take to labour by degrees, and perform their task with chearfulness.

back to top back to top