Once a slave ship made it to the Caribbean, the cargo of slaves would be sold at auction.
Slaves would have to be prepared first. Their skin was rubbed with oil to make them appear healthy. Flogging scars on the backs of unruly slaves were filled with tar. Older slaves often had their heads shaved to hide signs of grey hairs.
There were two methods of selling the slaves:
Slaves left behind were called ‘refuse’. They were sold cheaply to anyone who’d take them, often leading to their quick death. Slaves who resisted or fought back were sent to ‘seasoning camps’.