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|Slavery - Candles would not burn
The air below decks where men, pregnant women, babies, and nursing children were chained was so foul that candles would not burn they were all dubbed prisoners of war and so could be shipped away to slavery.
because of the great heat that is there continually, which is sometimes so excessive that the surgeons would faint away, and the candles would not burn.
British Slave Ship surgeon (circa 1757).
Two British infantry regiments, other troops, hired parties, and another body of militiamen were sent against the Cudjo Maroons (new specially trained regiments were shipped to Jamaica to eliminate the Cudjo maroons because the existing soldiers on the island were loosing skirmish after skirmish).
We know from written records that the size of a British regiment in 1795 was 1000 men (usually more) the 83rd regiment of foot soldiers who attacked the Trelawny maroons in 1795 consisted of over 1000 soldiers.
So two regiments would be 2000+ solders, add the other troops, hired parties, and another body of militiamen and the numbers are easily over 3000 soldiers, however there would have been other regular soldiers stationed in Jamaica, at least one regiment (technically 4000 troops).
At the signing of the treaty the British army claimed there were 600 Maroons from this we can estimate that less than 300 were warriors, in truth the real odds were something between 15 well armed and trained British soldiers to 1 Cudjo Maroon.
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