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The sugar-cane: a poem -Page 147

The sugar-cane: a poem -Page 147

Author: Grainger, James

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1766


Item number: Page 147

Length: 16.4

Width: 8.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

Extract from James Grainger's 'The Sugar-Cane: A Poem.' First published in 1764, the poem was divided into four books which describe the sugar industry in the Caribbean - from the planting conditions to the treatment of the enslaved men, women and children working on the plantations. This small extract not only describes the variety of plants on the island and the types of crops being grown (such as the bay grape and coconut trees, Indian millet and bananas), but also depicts scenes of African dance at festivals. There is also a warning, namely that planters should not allow drums to be used in the celebrations because they could serve as a form of communication to organise the enslaved population in acts of rebellion. Dance and the use of the drums indicate that aspects of African culture had survived the forced move to the Caribbean.

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