Comparison of the Logwood and Mahogany Industry in Belize and the Sugar Industry in British West Indian Colonies Essay

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Comparison of the Logwood and Mahogany Industry of Belize and the Sugar Industry of the British West Indian Colonies The Logwood and Mahogany Industry in Belize was similar, but different from the Sugar industry in British West Indian Colonies, only having slavery in common. The Logwood and Mahogany Industry was not as labour intensive as the Sugar Industry, so this industry did not need as much labour force. These two industries, similarly, have Social Organisation. These two industries involved using the whites as labour force. On the Sugar Plantations, poor whites were used in the early stages of sugar production, because they could not find suitable employment after being out-matched by slave labour on various plantations. In the logwood industry, the whites settlers would cut the logs, along with two other slaves. The sugar Industry, children 4-10 years old would be in one of the three gangs of field slaves, the "Pickney Gang". These children woukd be taken care of by an elderly woman and had to pick ups sticks, chase birds, clean and carry water to field slaves and fed the animals. The Mahogany industry required more workers than the logwood industry, because the trees were bigger and grew farther apart from each other and further into the forest than logwoods; this made them even harder to find. In Belize, 80% of males aged 10 or older were working in this industry logging Mahogany ti facilitate the labour needed. Both these industries were seasonal and required more time and work in production. During the harvest season slaves works for 18 1/2 from 16 1/2 out of harvest season, because cane is crop that would spoil quickly. In the logging and Mahogany Industry, slaves had to set up camps in the forest and had to stay there for long periods of time, because the mahogany trees had to be found, cut and trimmed and this process took time. The logs had to be

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