In Barbados the slaves had many reasons to revolt they were told by free Negroes as well as sailors on the coast that they were going to be free on January1 1816. However, they taught that they freedom was being held back by the planters because they overheard the planters discussion the issue of slavery in their present. However, they were discussing the amelioration proposals introduced by William Wilberforce in 1807 to registered all the slaves in the Caribbean to ensure they were no smuggling of slaves as well as it was done to check the mortality rate of the slaves became angry that they were not free they believed that Barbados belong to them and not to the Franklin a free coloured man was able to read and so he read newspaper that came from England about the anti_slavery movement and so he informed the slaves about what was happening in the England and the discussion about slavery. The slaves in Barbados had certain freedom so they were able to have gathered meetings where they discuss how and when they were going to stage their the planters believe that there slaves were so happy they did not take any precautionary measure to supervise them. They were going to stage their revolt in the Easter when the planters were off the island to spent their Easter holidays in England. That was the time when they would burn down estates, destroy carts and animals and they turn the mills to the air and to fly unattendant. It all started on the Bayley plantation on st .Phillip where Bussa was an elite slave driver . They started to burn down the plantation, they set the mills to fly unattended and one white man was killed. The initial success of the revolt was that because the slaves had a long time to plan the revolt from Christmas 1815 to Easter, April 1816, of the next year. The planters were so convienced that the slaves were so happy that they did not see the need to get troops together to fight the slaves. Also those who were leaders of the revolt held important position ,Bussa was an elite slave driver while Fraklin was a free coloured man so they were able to organized the rebel for war. However they were quickly crushed because of the Marital law which imposed that slaves found of the plantation was to be shot and that slaves that did not immediately surrendered themselves were to be killed. Some slaves were sent to the Marital court where they were sent back to their plantation where their execution took place. Some of the slaves held were cut off and place on poles as a
warning to the other slaves who wanted to rebel. The white were better trained and organized and they had more weapons than the slaves so they were able to defeat them. Even though the slaves killed a dozen whites it was no match for the hundreds of slaves that were killed through murdered, execution or scored. Many of the slaves or ringleaders were sent away to a prison British Honduras but then they were ship to Sierre Leone. Also the death of their leader like Bussa further place the slaves in an unease state they lost all hope because they were no strong leadership and organization so they were easily killed by the white finally the unfavourable terrain did not let the slaves to use their guerilla tactics so they were easily hunted down and killed by the whites .For these reason it cause the early failure of the Barbados revolt.