Shout out to Bussa! He was born in Africa and enslaved in Barbados. Bussa organized rebellion of more than 400 enslaved Africans against plantation owners in 1816. His troops used whatever makeshift weapons that they could find. The whitef…olks sent an all-Black unit of the British Army, the West India Regiment, to confront Bussa’s troops. When the Regiment soldiers killed Bussa, his inspired troops continued to fight.
While the rebellion did not achieve the immediate goals of overturning the system, it is important nonetheless. The rebellion scared the hell out of the tiny white population on the island and served as a constant reminder of how vulnerable they were. It also inspired larger rebellions in Guyana in 1823 and in Jamaica in 1831-32. The violence and the threat of violence of these three rebellions helped the abolitionists in London make the case against slavery, which Britain outlawed in 1838.
Bussa is remembered as one of Barbados’s 10 National Heroes.
Bajans refer to the Emancipation Statue that was built to commemorate the abolition slavery as the Bussa Statue.
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