Caribbean Project: The Jewish Role In American Slavery

The hidden Jewish role in spawning the culture of slavery in the Americas
Barbados

In recent months, I have spent a considerable amount of time here explaining how Barbados – the original English slave society – was the cultural hearth of the British West Indies and the Lower South.

South Carolina (founded in 1670) and Jamaica (founded in 1655) as well as French Saint-Domingue (founded in 1697) were built from the start on the basis of the Barbardian model of race-based plantation slavery.

Barbados (founded in 1627) and Virginia (founded in 1607) were older English colonies that did not start out as full fledged race-based plantation societies. Both colonies originally had a White majority and relied upon a workforce of English indentured servants to grow cotton and tobacco.

In Caribbean Project: The Proto South, we traced the origins of race-based plantation slavery back to the Spanish and Portuguese sugar plantations in Madeira and the Canary Islands in the eastern Atlantic. We saw how Christopher Columbus brought sugarcane to Hispanolia during his second voyage in 1493.

In the century that followed, Spain and Portugal divided the New World in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Significantly, this legitimized the Spanish claim to most of the Americas while ceding Africa and Brazil to the Portuguese. It would also put the African slave trade in Portuguese hands by expelling Spain from Africa.

During the sixteenth century, the Spanish created the first race-based sugar plantations in Hispanolia and Puerto Rico. Originally, Caribbean Indians were used as slave laborers, but as their populations declined the Spanish turned to the Portuguese to import African slaves.

By the mid-sixteenth century, there were tens of thousands of African slaves in Hispanolia and Puerto Rico. As Spain’s interest shifted toward their far more lucrative conquests in Mexico and Peru though, Hispanolia and Puerto Rico became backwaters of the empire and the plantation system collapsed there.

The future Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico were failed Spanish slave states that came to be dominated by cattle ranching and peasant agriculture – this is why Dominicans and Puerto Ricans became so much more mixed and multiracial than Cubans.

At this point in the New World, it appeared that race-based, modern agro-industrial plantation slavery had failed – but there was one major exception, Portuguese Brazil, where the sugar industry was taking off due to constant reinforcements of African slave labor from nearby Portuguese Angola.

How did Barbados become the first race-based plantation society in British America?

“While the importance of the Dutch introduction of sugarcane to Barbados in 1637 is open to question, the crucial role of Dutch merchants in providing financial backing with which British settlers built the first sugar mills on that island is beyond dispute. Dutch planters and sugar masters also taught the British Barbadians what they came to call the “method of Pernambuco” – which included not only the know-how of planting, milling, and processing cane, but also the rudiments of a legal code of regulating slavery. Dutch ships, finally, linked Barbados’s emerging plantation economy both to the supply of African labor provided by the Atlantic slave trade and to the effective and profitable distribution networks in the Netherlands. Although the extent of Dutch involvement has lately become a subject of debate among historians, it may be safe to say that within little more than a decade between 1640 and 1650, the Dutch helped to transform Barbados from a slaveholding society with a large yeoman population engaged in fairly diversified economic pursuits into a slave society solidly based on sugar monoculture.”

That’s interesting.

Barbados was the first successful race-based plantation society in the Caribbean – it was the model that spread across the Leeward and Windward Islands, to Jamaica and Saint-Domingue, later to Cuba and the Guianas, and most significantly, to South Carolina and to Virginia which became a slave society in the late seventeenth century.

This shit got off the ground in Portuguese Brazil and the Dutch had played a decisive role in the industrial espionage that brought race-based plantation slavery into the British and French Caribbean.

In Jews, Slavery, and Dixie, I noted that the Jew had once wore the pro-White hat and had once been quite the racialist and owned black slaves and had definitely been involved in the African slave trade, especially in the Dutch and Portuguese colonies in the Caribbean:

“Sephardic Jews who had lived for centuries in the Caribbean and the antebellum South were accustomed to racialism and white supremacy and actually played a key role in bringing plantation slavery from Portuguese Brazil to the English and French colonies in the Lesser Antilles.”

After reading the passage above in The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its Peoples, I was struck by lightning like Chechar and remembered that “the Dutch” and “the Portuguese” here were probably Sephardic Jews:

“The introduction of sugarcane from Dutch Brazil completely transformed society and the economy. Barbados eventually had one of the world’s biggest sugar industries after starting sugar cane cultivation in 1640. [6] One group which was instrumental for ensuring the early success of the sugar cane industry were the Sephardic Jews, who originally been expelled from the Iberian peninsula to end up in Dutch Brazil. [6] As the effects of the new crop increased, so did the shift in the ethnic composition of Barbados and surrounding islands. The workable sugar plantation required a large investment and a great deal of heavy labour. At first, Dutch traders supplied the equipment, financing, and African slaves, in addition to transporting most of the sugar to Europe. In 1644 the population of Barbados was estimated at 30,000, of this amount about 800 were of African descent, with the remainder mainly of English descent. These English smallholders were eventually bought out and the island was filled up with large African slave-worked sugar plantations. By 1660 there was near parity with 27,000 blacks and 26,000 whites. By 1666 at least 12,000 white smallholders had been bought out, died, left or the island. Many of the remaining whites were increasingly poor. By 1680 there were seventeen slaves for every indentured servant. By 1700, there were 15,000 free whites and 50,000 enslaved blacks.”

This is an exciting find.

If this is true, it means that Jews are morally responsible for the spread of slavery and racism through Brazil, the Caribbean, and the American South. I will continue my research in this area and publish my findings in my first book on race and the Caribbean.

30 Comments

  1. 1) ECW The Puritans were notoriously philo-semitic. I don’t ascribe to the idea that they were crypto. But their record speaks for itself in relation to readmitted Jews to England. The quip about Obadiah and Nehemiah was in the end, a quip, you dolt.

    2) By the time that the Romans were paying attention to the Jewish population in their Empire all credible sources suggest that they had 7 million in their lands in Anatolia, Egypt, Cyprus, Levant, Mesopotamia, Cyrencia. That’s a conservative estimate btw– It’s completely credible. I ask you this Adolf Galland, when Alexander invaded the Persian Empire (a few hundred years before Rome inherited the Hellenic world that Alexander created) how many Jews do you think were populating those same areas? 50,000? Or about 7,000,000 thereabouts? You’ve got to be kidding me if you claim the 50,000. Where did Rome’s collection of 7 million Jews come from? vapor? The 300 years between Alexander and Augustus the Jewish population didn’t grow a bajillion percent son. It was relatively steady at that level for centuries.

  2. I just handed Rudel his head with the Stuyvesant letter to the WIC. Stuka ace my arse.
    It wasn’t a jolly cohabitation between religions perhaps but Stuyvesant was told what to do by the Board of Trustees who told him to accommodate the ahem … “Portuguese”.

    Presently I will deal with the quantity of Jews present in the Persian Empire at the time between Xerxes and Darius II.

  3. “Heresy Rules” only require you to stfu.

    I hereby declare the female members here (this includes Detoilet-mouth Chrissy, of course) to have been found guilty of heresy. Purge sewage lest ye become saturated by it.

    Just a thought.

  4. “The quip about Obadiah and Nehemiah was in the end, a quip”

    Funny how your erroneous pronouncements become “quips” when you get called out on them and they are exposed as fallacies. And thanks for proving my point with your Stuyvesant letter and the reference to Jewish slave traders and black slaves which I previously mentioned when correcting you about the the settlers of New Amsterdam consisting primarily of Dutch Reformed Church members.

    Roman tax records indicate a population of some 180,000 Jews in Asia Minor at the time of Augustus. The Jewish population in the city of Rome itself was on the order of 7,000. You seem to be confusing the total population of all Semitic tribes with those that practiced some sort of Abrahamic religion. It’s rather moronic really. Canaanite /= Jew. By your reasoning all modern Arabs should count be counted as Jewish.

    And yes, 30,000 jews did leave Babylon for Jerusalem when they were liberated by Cyrus.

    There were something like 1.2 million Jews worldwide in 1700, some 650,000 or so in Poland/Lithuania.

    Again, please stop posting rubbish.

  5. The Jewish population in the city of Rome itself was on the order of 7,000.

    Rudel, are you sure about that? I’d swear my history teachers said it was six million.

  6. From Wiki:

    “At the commencement of the reign of Caesar Augustus, there were over 7,000 Jews in Rome (this is the number that escorted the envoys who came to demand the deposition of Archelaus). Finally, if the sums confiscated by the governor Lucius Valerius Flaccus in the year 62/61 BCE represented the tax of a didrachma per head for a single year, it would imply that the Jewish population of Asia Minor numbered 45,000 adult males, for a total of at least 180,000 persons”

  7. Sorry, Rudel. I was making fun of “the Jewish number”. “I had six million grandmothers, they were all poisecuted”, etc.

  8. The Claudian census suggest there were 7 million Jews in the Roman empire. Mainly in Asia minor. They were a major threat. That’s partly why the Romans had to kill so many of them.

  9. FUCK you, Yancey.

    What else would I expect from you? I know that HW tries to invoke interest from all quarters but I think my case is made. Unless this is “interesting input”.

  10. yancey,

    Additionally the Roman Empire had approx 6,000,000 million Roman citizens. This is a figure from the Claudian census.

    Rudel,

    stuyvesant’s letter shows that he wasn’t really in control of the Manhattan. He sent a letter to the boss back home in Amsterdam to eject Jews in 165os. He was told in no uncertain terms that Jewish shareholders in his company wanted Jews there. The area hadn’t been settled serious for more than 20 years. Not only does this letter suggest the longevity of a jewish presence in Manhattan it also indicates that Stuyvesant expected the those would gain more and more control there in collusion with Jewish shareholders back home in Holland. This snippy letter is evidence of a great deal of jewish influence. We can look at those shareholder’s names if you like. You won’t be pleased. I’m actually surprised by the trail of evidence myself. I was only half joking about the Dutch in the New World.

  11. “Sorry, Rudel. I was making fun of “the Jewish number”. “I had six million grandmothers, they were all poisecuted”, etc.”

    Doh. I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes. 😉

  12. I’ve never denied the presence or influence of Jews in New Amsterdam. After all if nothing else the Dutch and the Jews were the premier merchants and economic mercantilists of the era. Their influence on New York City and its money obsessed culture is strongly in evidence right down through today (in case anyone has failed to notice.) LOL!

  13. One thing your analysis makes clear is there is some evidence of a pervasive Jewish influence on the institution of slavery in the New World, particularly among the Sephardim who were exiled from Spain.

    I am quite ignorant on the influence of the Inquisition upon Portugal. Was Portugal at some point a haven for escaping conversos and morenos? The Netherlands were such a haven. Jewish control over the trade based economy of the Netherlands is quite well established. Both Portugal and the Netherlands were instrumental in setting up the triangle trade.

    The other interesting aspect of the establishment of slave societies is the amount of white indentured servants. What was the system or network behind this phenomenon and why did this white quasi-slavery fail to persist? I know the climate argument, but is it really that simple? Who first set up the indentured servant system?

    The white smallholders being bought out is also an interesting consolidation of economic power, presumably caused by the economies of scale from labor intensive sugar cane plantations. Who benefited most from this sort of consolidation?

    Trade based economies over time come to be dominated by Jews, who invariably push for economic consolidation at the expense of the overall society. A natural result based on the natural inclinations of certain groups. Would the antidote be a return to an honor based society that deliberately restricts economic activity such as Christendom or Islamic sharia law?

    Deo Vindice

  14. To be fair I’ve looked around and the figures I see are a bit odd. There is the pervasive 6,000,000 odd figure. Like bloody magic. Some of it appears circular…it is said…20% …10%. This sort of percentage of Rome/Persia has wide currency though. Wiki contains it repeatedly, however I don’t wish to link to wiki as a source on stats like this.

    A classicist called Brian McGeeg in John Bartlett’s “Jews in The Hellenic and Roman world” doesn’t really feel it can be nailed down. Too many historians in antiquity inflate or deflate numbers. He reckoned the max food capacity of Palestine was 3 million. He suggests in reality no more than 1.2 million.

    It’s interesting to see how slippery the data on the figures gets. I don’t want to get stuck in an argument for argument’s sake. But I’ve seen that number floated around a great deal it’s on various wiki pages for both Roman and Persian Empires. Again I decided not to use those claims as support.

    We do know that there were 5,900,000 Roman citizens in 1st Century AD.

  15. … if the definitive Roman citizen population was comparable in quantity to Egyptian, or Greek or indeed Jewish populations, I don’t see that much of a controversy by claiming a fairly large Jewish population in either empire. We know they had an jumbo-size influence, I don’t see why a big population is also problematic in that context.

  16. John – the number “6” is a part of Kabbala Black Magic. Haven’t you ever seen some greasy, demented, wild-eyed Yid on TalmudVision, babbling like a lunatic about numbers, and BibleCode blah blah blah?

    “6” is their number for “man”. It’s really important in their Mental Mythos. “6” helps them “trick” God.

  17. Don’t believe Denise’s lies. Any White man she disapproves of is a race traitor by default, with no evidence to back up her claim. She celebrates the misfortunes of White men all the time and wants thousands of White men to die in Iran. That’s what’s in her heart toward White men, and White women too if they happen to love White men she disproves of.

    White men she is not your freind, unless you think debasing yourself makes you noble

  18. What is all this fuss about Iran? I’m not sure this is in context, but I would have conservative White military join groups like http://www.ivaw.org and quit sapping White blood for Israel’s interests and those of war profiteers when the blood is needed at home to fight real enemies of Euro-American interests.

  19. To Bill Yancey- Are you from the Yancey family of Alabama, and William Lowndes Yancey? He was my g-g-grandfather. Please write.

  20. You missed some important history.

    The medieval catholic church taught that native populations had the right to their own religion and institutions in their own countries (the Brits and we lost this with Henry VII and his philandering). As a consequence, the spanish monarchy BANNED slavery in the new world in 1508 after one of the co-voyagers of Columbus’ later trips (Bartolomeo de las Casas, a jesuit priest) reported the abuse of the native population to the monarchy. That ban was reinforced in 1542, accompanied by laws to protect the native populations. The ban came three centuries after the ban on slavery by the Republic of Venice (the first and most successful European democracy – started 3 centuries before the abusive brit aristocracy guaranteed their privileges with a magna carta and lasted for 1000 years – finally succumbed to napoleon).

    As a consequence, slavery was illegal throughout spanish-controlled territories, which is why to this day the population of african origin is concentrated in the parts that were under portuguese, dutch and british control – you are correct that the sephardic jews the spanish threw out as asocial abusers had a lot to do with that.

    Of course much later, after the spanish helped us win our independence (by throwing the brits out ot the carribean and preventing invasion from the south – look up how galveston, texas got its name), spanish florida became a haven for slaves who escaped from american “democracy”. The spanish were never racist (all kinds of populations, including african, have mixed in spain for 3000 years) and allowed blacks the same rights as anyone else – businesses, intermarriage, etc. In fact when the last european power abandoned what is now the continental US (Spain in 1821), all the blacks in Florida left with the spanish. About that time Mexico got its independence from Spain and decided to continue with the already three century old ban on slavery. There are those who say that the texan attacks on Mexico mainly had to do with desires to install slavery in texas.

  21. The medieval catholic church taught that native populations had the right to their own religion

    Hogwash. Stawp poasting.

  22. “No-man says:
    May 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    The medieval catholic church taught that native populations had the right to their own religion

    Hogwash. Stawp poasting”

    Ha! When you are good – you are very very good…!

  23. “As a consequence, the spanish monarchy BANNED slavery in the new world in 1508”

    That was a ban on enslaving native Americans.

    “As a consequence, slavery was illegal throughout spanish-controlled territories”

    It was abolished in the 19th century, last on Cuba and Puerto Rico. Black slavery was tied up with sugar plantations so it was heaviest in terriotories like Cuba and Puerto Rico.

    It does seem like black slavery was less dominant overall in Spanish colonies than in the other colonies. I don’t know if this is the result of those regions not being suitable for sugar plantations – sugar plantations are extremely labor intensive hence their recurring connection with slavery – or a result of the Inquisition reducing the influence of Jewish slave-traders.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_Spanish_New_World_colonies

    An interesting bit from the wiki.

    “Most of the earliest black immigrants to the Americas were “Atlantic Creoles,” as the charter generation is described by the American historian Ira Berlin. Mixed-race men of African and Portuguese/Spanish descent, some slaves and others free, sailed with Iberian ships and worked in the ports of Spain and Portugal; some were born in Europe, others in African ports as sons of Portuguese trade workers and African women. African slaves were also taken to Portugal, where they married local women. The mixed-race men often grew up bilingual, making them useful as interpreters in African and Iberian ports.”

    I expect DNA will show these people were from the Portuguese owned islands off the west coast of Africa where Jews fleeing Spain set up the first sugar plantations using African slaves. It’s weirdly symmetrical given how Ethiopians have a lot of Jewish blood from the Jewish slave plantations on the coast of east Africa from thousands of years earlier.

  24. PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF WASP: HIDE BEHIND THE JEW, BLAME THE JEW, ACCUSE THE JEW.

    The British financed the ships, the crews were British, the suppliers were British, WASP, WASP, WASP,,,,

  25. I think that the Jews were the ones who sent the Slaves to the colonial South. And the White Europeans were the ones who received the slaves. Even if the Jews did own plantations in the South they will never admit to it, blaming it all on the White Europeans. Personally I believe that the Jews only sent African slaves to the Southern Colonies. They knew that the U.S. would be an empire one day and did not want to be caught owning a Southern plantation. But that didn’t stop the Spanish and Dutch Jews from sending slaves to the Southern colonies along with sending Black slaves to South America, the Carribean Islands, and the Dutch lands.

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