The revolutionary war took place between 1775 and 1783, but most blacks supported the British. They thought that the British could offer them the earliest opportunity of freedom. The USA gained independence from Britain on July 4, 1776; the country established its own rules. The invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney from Massachusetts saw demand for slaves increase in 1793.

More people were needed to pick and bale cotton because the machine was first. Masters used to release black slaves and Nash notes, “In Spanish Cuba alone, free blacks outnumbered by 30,000 the number of manumitted slaves in all the southern states, although the black population of the American south tripled that of Cuba” (163).

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