On the plantation slaves continued their harsh existence. Gangs of slaves worked from dawn until dusk under the orders of a white overseer.
Slaves were whipped if they did not work hard enough. During harvest time, slaves worked in shifts of up to 18 hours a day.
On the plantations, slaves lived in small cottages with thatched roofs, earth floors, a bed table and bench.
White masters had complete control over the lives of their slaves, as slaves had no rights. Slaves who disobeyed or resisted were violently punished - in Antigua it was not a crime to kill a slave until 1723.
The punishments given to slaves:
Olaudah Equiano was a former slave. He wrote that:
I have seen a Negro beaten till some of his bones were broken for even letting a pot boil over.