In the slave #house the slaves were separated according to age and gender. While the upper floor served as the residence of the slave master, the lower floor was reserved for the slaves who had been weighed, fed and held before being loaded into ships for the transatlantic journey.
In the waiting #room, men were separated according to weight. Still visible on the walls are writings showing the various weights and dates of various ship loads of slaves.
Those who weighed 60kg and above were deemed ready for shipment and were expected to fetch good prices for the masters. Those below the required weight were sent to fattening rooms, in which they were fed like cattle to gain weight and be ready for the “market.” The fattening rooms were known as Inapte Temporaiire, and those who failed the “fattening” process were either thrown into the #sea, or if lucky became domestic servants in the homes of White settlers on the island. They served as cooks.
The plaques on the doors of the slave houses still read Hommes for men, Enfantes for children and Jeunes Filles for young girls. #Children below the age of eight were kept together regardless of their gender.
The rooms had a standard size of 2.5 square metres and were occupied by 20 slaves with shackles of iron and 10kg weights between their legs.
The slaves stayed in the rooms for three and a half months waiting for ships from the Americas and the #Caribbean to come and pick them.
There are also the Cellule Des Recalcitrants (detention cells) for the captured who tried to foment rebellion among the slaves. #funomenaljourney