On the plantation, enslaved people continued their harsh existence. Gangs of enslaved people were worked from dawn until dusk under the orders of a white overseer.
People were whipped if they did not work hard enough. During harvest time, enslaved people worked in shifts of up to 18 hours a day.
On the plantations, enslaved people lived in small cottages with thatched roofs, earth floors, a bed table and bench.
White masters had complete control over the lives of 'their' enslaved people, who had no rights. Enslaved people who disobeyed or resisted were violently punished - in Antigua it was not a crime to kill an enslaved people until 1723.
The punishments given to enslaved people:
Olaudah Equiano was a formerly enslaved person who published his own life story in 1789. He wrote:
I have seen a Negro beaten till some of his bones were broken for even letting a pot boil over.