The Morant Bay Rebellion - Conditions in Jamaica in the 1860's
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The Morant Bay Rebellion Conditions in Jamaica in the 1860's In the 1860's the conditions in Jamaica were very bad. The small farmers and plantation owners were affected by drought. The small farms also had to pay greater taxes and were only allowed to farm poor soil because no one would sell fertile land to black people. They were victims of injustice from the government and planters. A petition was sent to Queen Victoria in Britain because of the amount of protests.
Bogle and his friends captured 3 of the policemen and sent them back with a message that they would to Morant Bay the next day and discuss injustices. Bogle and 300 other armed men were told not to enter and when they disobeyed a fight broke out and 27 people including the Custos were killed. Governor Eyre declared marital law. The militia and soldiers went on rampage searching for Bogle and the other men. Short Term Consequences After Bogles response some of the short-term consequences included that over 1000 peoples homes had been burnt to the ground, Gordon was arrested and was hanged on 23 October with no evidence that he had been involved.
To stop outbreaks of lawlessness children were given education which taught them that all Whites were superior and anything coming from Europe was much better than anything or anyone of African descent. Some families could not afford school fees so they were stopped to encourage more children to go to school. The councils did not mind when spending on education went down because of the continued strikes, riots, poverty and homelessness as they were only concerned for their own property and wealth. The plan of using education to stop rebellion had failed.
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