what do you think of this excerpt saying that the blacks were used as overlords/whip-crackers over the indigenous native slaves-is it true?
"In this early period, enslaved African men were often labor bosses, overseeing indigenous labor. Franciscan Toribio de Benaventa Motolinia (1482-1568), one of the First Twelve Franciscans to arrive in Mexico in 1524, considered blacks the Fourth Plague on Mexican Indians. He wrote "In the first years these black overseers were so absolute in their maltreatment of the Indians, over-loading them, sending them far from their land and giving them many other tasks that many Indians died because of them and at their hands, which is the worst feature of the situation".
- Anonymous3 weeks agoFavorite Answer
It's true but what's your point. It didn't take long for the Spanish/Europeans to replace the native slaves with African slaves. This is from the source you provided also:
"When Spain first enslaved Native Americans on Hispaniola, and then replaced them with captive Africans, it established slave labor as the basis for colonial sugar production. It was believed by Europeans that Africans had developed immunities to European diseases, and would not be as susceptible to fall ill as the Native Americans because they had not been exposed to the pathogens yet."
- bluebellbkkLv 73 weeks ago
It's very simple. Brutality begets brutality.
Prisoners in NAZI camps who were elevated to be over-seers were almost always crueller to their fellow prisoners than the original Nazi guards.
- EnguerarrardLv 73 weeks ago
This is the opinion of one observer, but the fact that there were black overseers is beyond doubt. Give a slave a little higher status and show him a little more favor, and he'll do what you want more eagerly. That's just the psychology of slavery.
- Chae-wonLv 43 weeks ago
All races have done these kinds of things to others.
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- Penguin LoverLv 43 weeks ago
The Persians were the only civilisation that had no slaves so in my view it may be true however it was usually ignorants who would adopt such measures.
- MetalplanttagLv 73 weeks ago
Almost all societies had slaves to one degree or another, the form in the USA was especially pernicious.