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Slaves Poster featuring the painting Slaves Refining Sugar Cane Jamaica Train Historical Old South Americana Life by Walt Curlee







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Slaves Refining Sugar Cane Jamaica Train Historical Old South Americana Life Poster


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Slaves Refining Sugar Cane Jamaica Train Historical Old South Americana Life poster by Walt Curlee.   Our posters are produced on acid-free papers using archival inks to guarantee that they last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. All posters include a 1" white border around the image to allow for future framing and matting, if desired.

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Fantastic! v/f

Hi Sharon, I like telling a story with my images.

This is a story well told.

Thank you Nicole, I always do my homework before doing a piece like this one. It is an accurate portrayal.

Very interesting piece of art, Walt. You gave one a very elaborate description of the sugarcane being refined by slaves... in Jamaica. The description was very enlightened. This is a great piece of art!

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Slaves boiled cane juice to make it into sugar. First, slaves also boiled the cane juice, ladling scum from the surface of the scalding liquid and then transferring it from kettle to kettle, reducing the syrup to crystals. Slaves routinely suffered burns during this process, often referred to as the "Jamaica Train," and the heat in the sugar houses was so intense that slaves were rotated out after four hours, their limbs swollen from the heat and humidity. Once the crystals formed, there was still heavy labor ahead. The harder the solid cakes of sugar were, the better the sugar quality, but the pieces had to broken up with shovels, picks and crowbars. Finally, sugar was shoveled into hogsheads (wooden barrels) and packed solidly before the barrel holes were plugged with a piece of sugarcane. Painted with a digital paintbrush and Wacom Board in 2006. prints available.

About Walt Curlee

Walt Curlee

I have been a freelance illustrator for 25 years and have worked for a who's who of corporate America including Berol Pencils, Blockbuster Videos, Cirrus Logic, Clark American, Coors, Diamond Shamrock, Duracell, Frito-Lay, GameTek, H. E. B. Brand Grocery Co., Kellogg, Lucasarts, Mattel, MCI, Procter & Gamble, Orkin, Sega Genesis, and Thermos/Warner Brothers. All my images are available for licensing and have been adapted for square, round, and other formats for web, editorial, products, advertising and other commercial uses. Contact me at Born into a military family, I am the oldest of five boys. I started drawing at an early age. Due to my obsession with doodling, I had a tendency to neglect my school...

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