Start game over Welcome to the Emancipation Game
Start game over Instructions You must make choices in this game. With each choice you will discover something about the lives of freed peoples after the end of slavery and the changes in their lives. Decide what you want to do and see what your options are. Begin game or skip the game and just get the info you need starting with the table of contents Begin gametable of contents
Start game over What did you do as an enslaved person? Fieldwork Domestic work Skilled slave in the factory Skilled slave e.g. workman, seamstress Or choose an occupation for freedom
Start game over Choose an occupation I like it on the estate I want to work for wages herework for wages I want my own plot of land to grow foodmy own plot of land I don’t like the countryside and I don’t want to be in agriculture. I’ll try my luck in the town. town I am a skilled sugar factory worker skilled sugar factory worker
Start game over Choose an occupation I am a domestic workerdomestic worker I have a trade (skill).trade (skill).
Start game over fieldworker Like most freed people, agriculture is what you know best. You’re very skilled at that. Now go on to decide what you want to do for a living now.decide what you want to do for a living now
Start game over Domestic work Well, you need to seek work with a person of means who can pay you, if you want to continue in this line of work. Decide if you will stay in the countryside or try your luck in the town.
Start game over Skilled slave in the factory Well as long as sugar is doing fine you have a decent well paying job on the estate. The factory needs you! Continue Continue
Start game over Skilled slave in the factory You are comfortable and you can afford to educate your children. A lot of people want your job. Too bad for them! Where do you live?
Start game over Choose the territory you live in: Grenada other Windward Trinidad or Guyana Barbados or other Leeward Jamaica
Start game over Skilled factory worker Grenada and Windwards Sorry! A lot of estates closed after emancipation. You either find other work Or you migrate to where your skills are needed.migrate
Start game over Skilled Trinidad and Guyana There’s good paying work for people like you. Welcome! Choose another occupation
Start game over Skilled Barbados and Leewards A good skilled factory worker like you is always needed. But you hear wages are higher elsewhere. You stay.stay You leave.leave
Start game over Well, you’re not doing too badly. At least your wages are higher than field workers and you can afford to send your children to school. Wives of factory workers did not have to work. Skilled worker who stays
Start game over Skilled Jamaica Some estates have closed, but there’s still factory work for good, experienced workers like yourself. You stay in the factory. Or you find another kind of work.find another kind of work.
Start game over Other work skilled Jamaica You have courage, since what you know best is the factory. continue
Start game over Other work skilled Jamaica But you’re intelligent and ambitious. You use your savings to open a small business buying and selling dry goods (haberdashery) Choose another occupation
Start game over Skilled worker—where do you live? Town Countryside
Start game over Town The people with special skills can do well in town. You’re ambitious. You don’t want to work for ex-masters. You want to run your own establishment. With the money you will save from your wages you plan to buy a small shop. Good luck!
Start game over Skilled countryside As a skilled worker, with a craft, you can do well in any territory. Most people like you live in the towns. But you’ll do well.
Start game over Countryside The main work here is in farming. You can get domestic work but in some islands a lot of white people are moving away, now that slavery’s ended. You decide to move to the town. town
Start game over Choose the territory you live in: Grenada other Windward Trinidad or Guyana Barbados or other Leeward Jamaica Choose another occupation
Start game over Grenada: town. Grenada has a small town, where mostly skilled people can make a decent living. You decide to follow your fellow Grenadians and migrate.migrate Choose another occupation
Start game over Barbados and Leewards The towns are small... Some people make a good living there, if they have a skill. Towns are overcrowded. You stay You decide to migrate.migrate Choose another occupation
Start game over Jamaica towns Jamaica has big towns and they are growing! You think you made a good move! Did you?
Start game over Migration A lot of people from Barbados, Grenada and other Windward islands ended up in Guyana and Trinidad. It made sense...
Start game over In Trinidad and Guyana Wages on the estates here are highest in the Caribbean! There is also land to settle on (especially in Trinidad) You could also move to the towns and try your luck there.towns
Start game over Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana Many people are squatting on land, growing crops for themselves or to sell in the market. There is enough land to do this. Some even become cane farmers, selling to the factories. Peasants everywhere made a big contribution. contribution Table of contents
Start game over Peasants Congrats! As a peasant, you are more independent and can feed your family. You don’t depend on the estate for wages... Except sometimes when wages are high, if you want some extra money.
Start game over In the countryside you are most likely to find an occupation in agriculture. Here are your choices. I like it on the estate I want to work for wages herework for wages See more choices before decidingmore choices
Start game over Occupations: countryside I want my own plot of land to grow foodmy own plot of land More choices
Start game over Occupations: countryside I don’t mind working on the estates when wages are high but I want a plot of land to fall back on Go back if you want the first choiceback Continue for more choicesmore choices
Start game over Choices countryside I don’t like the countryside and I don’t want to be in agriculture. I’ll try my luck in the town. town
Start game over Estate labour: where do you live? Barbados and the Leewards Grenada and the Windwards Trinidad and Guyana Jamaica. Jamaica
Start game over Barbados and Leewards Wages are low! There are just too many workers and too little land. You must make a decision... Choose another occupation
Start game over Barbados and Leewards You staystay You hear about higher wages elsewhere and migrate.higher wages migrate. Choose another occupation
Start game over Stay You stay and life is tough most of the time. Other people leaving helps though and wages sometimes become decent. You like your island too much to leave. Choose another occupation
Start game over Estate Labour Grenada Wages are sometimes high. You stay You hear of higher wages elsewhere.higher wages Choose another occupation
Start game over Estate labour Jamaica According to where you are wages are not bad. But...
Start game over Estate labour Jamaica Planters keep trying to keep it down. They want to charge you rent for your own homes (on the estate). Imagine!
Start game over Estate labour Jamaica Jamaican planters are trying to treat you like a slave and force you to work on their estate...just because you live there.
Start game over Estate labour Jamaica You want your freedom to choose. You leave the estate and move to a free village.free village Choose another occupation
Start game over Own land: where do you live? Grenada and Windwards Jamaica Trinidad and Guyana Barbados and Leewards.
Start game over As you can see Grenada (like the other Windwards) is very mountainous. But there’s good fertile land to be had. You can find a plot somewhere on a hill and plant your garden. It’s a good place to be a peasant farmer. Grenada and Windward Islands
Start game over Own land Jamaica There’s land to be bought......or squatted on
Start game over Own land Jamaica On the fringes of estates, sold by planters In places not suited to sugar Abandoned estates... You become a peasant farmer.peasant
Start game over Own Land Trinidad and Guyana. You only have to choose where you want to go, especially in Trinidad.
Start game over Own Land Trinidad and Guyana. In Guyana, it is a little harder along the coast but there is the interior. But you can become a peasant.peasant
Start game over Own Land Barbados and Leewards Land is scarce and the prices are high. Your main option to get land is to migrate.migrate. Choose another occupation
Start game over Grenada stay You don’t mind working the estate but you realise it makes more sense to have your own plot, which you do. Choose another occupation
Start game over Town for agricultural workers Since you know mostly about farming, it’s hard to find a good paying job. You will have do unskilled work and the pay is really low...
Start game over Housing is also hard to find. But you settle next to people who also moved from the countryside into the towns and from other territories. Even though you have no skills, you think this was a good move
Start game over http://www.geocities.com/thetropics/1020/Laventil.jpg Laventille
Start game over Town advantages You want nothing to do with growing sugar. There are more schools here so your children will have a chance at education.
Start game over Town advantages You might even be able to learn a trade. Was it a good move? Yes No
Start game over You finally settle down and get a job washing for people. You save your money and eventually can afford a small home. Click to see what happens to some other people. Yes Choose another occupation
Start game over No You never settle down and drift from low-paying jobs to criminal activities: prostitution, petty thefts, you become a member of the diametre (jamette) class. Choose another occupation
Start game over Table of contents Free villages Peasants Trinidad and Guyana conditions Barbados and Leeward conditions Grenada and Windward conditions Jamaica Migration
Start game over Free villages When freed people left the estates and settled in other areas “free villages” resulted. The largest of these were in Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Antigua. Here the formerly enslaved had more freedom of movement than remaining on the estates. continued continued
Start game over Free villages They could grow peasant crops on nearby land. They either rented or owned their land. They could work on the estates... Or not.
Start game over Free villages Some planters gave land for free villages (Antigua)
Start game over In Trinidad new villages, settled by freed Africans, formed along the Eastern Main Rd. which followed the old Amerindian trails. http://www.century21cycb.com/Images/tacarigua.gif Free villages Trinidad
Start game over http://trinivi ew.com/ph otos/Valenc ia/valen151 0051477.jp g The Eastern Main Rd today.
Start game over Free villages Missionaries bought and resold land for their congregation. Or people bought or squatted on available land. Go back to table of contents for other topics. Go back to table of contents for other topics. Sligoville in Jamaica, founded by Baptist Missionaries and their congregation of freed peoples
Start game over Peasants Fed themselves with food they grew (subsistence farming) Sold extra on the market. more
Start game over Peasants’ contribution Grew “new” crops: ginger, nutmeg, ground provisions, fruits etc. Made the economy more diverse Made more money for territory through exports Opened up trade and commerce. Developed the communities (villages) developed folk culture (traditions and practices from Africa and, later on, India). Back to table of contents
Start game over Trinidad and Guyana These two colonies had a lot of land available for workers to use for agriculture and settlement. People could squat or purchase from money earned on the estates. Wages were the highest in the Caribbean after slavery ended. A migrant could also decide to settle in the towns such as Port-of-Spain and Georgetown and try their luck there. Many did. Table of contents
Start game over Barbados conditions Barbados and the Leewards were flat and densely populated. There was little land to be had by ex-slaves. Not much choice besides working on the estates. Therefore wages were low. Table of contents
Start game over Table of contents Grenada and Windward Islands Grenada and the other Windward Islands were very mountainous. There was good fertile land to be had for peasant farming. People could find a plot somewhere on a hill and plant garden. It was a good place to be a peasant farmer.
Start game over Jamaica Conditions Jamaica had land available for free peoples to settle on. Wages were higher than in Barbados but not as high as in Trinidad and Guyana. Table of contents
Start game over http://static.fli ckr.com/26/5 3918278_7e 3f071cc4_o.j pg Village religious procession, Tobago Table of contents
Start game over Rural housing Table of contents
Start game over Migration A lot of people from Barbados, Grenada and other Windward islands ended up in Guyana and Trinidad. It made sense (pull factors): Wages on the estates there were the highest in the Caribbean! There is also land to settle on (especially in Trinidad)land People could also move to the towns and try their luck there.towns Back to table of contents
Start game over Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana Many people squatted on land, growing crops for themselves or to sell in the market. Back to table of contents
Start game over Trinidad or Guyana town Towns grew rapidly here. In Trinidad migrants settled in Port-of-Spain, in one of the growing areas like Belmont and Laventille... It wasn’t always easy to find a job, however. Or good housinghousing Back to table of contents
Start game over Street Scene in Belmont, painting by Henri Salvatori http://artsocietytt.org/imag es/Henri%20Salvatori/stree tscenebelmont1947.jpg
Start game over St. Francois Valley Rd., Belmont http:// trinivi ew.co m/ph otos/l y- looko ut/po s2606 0514.j pg
Start game over Barrack housing in Port-of-Spain
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