Biography of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua: His Passage from Slavery to Freedom in Africa and America / Edition 2

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Now in an expanded, Second Edition, this remains one of the few biographies of a slave born in Africa who left a detailed account of his life and struggle for freedom in America. Baquaqua was enslaved in northern Benin in the early 1840s, taken south through Togo to Ouidah, the port of Dahomey, shipped to Pernambuco in Brazil, and sold to a merchant from Rio, who sold him to a ship captain, who took him to New York City. There a little-known group, the New York Vigilance Society, convinced him to jump ship. He escaped to Boston and traveled to Haiti, the only free Black state in the Americas, where he joined the American Free Baptist Mission. After converting to Christianity and learning English, he returned to the U.S. and attended college, traveling extensively on the abolitionist lecture circuit; his biography, written in Canada, was published in 1854 but has been virtually ignored since then.

In recent times some scholars have questioned the accuracy of biographies of slaves allegedly born in Africa. The editors of this volume have verified many of the details of Baquaqua’s story by traveling to Djougou and Brazil retracing Baquaqua’s path and collecting documents from African as well as North and South American sources. Contemporary illustrations of the sites described by Baquaqua, along with his letters and other relevant documents, are included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558764309
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 617,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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