Theodore Canot (c. 1804-1860) was an Italian sailor, trader, ship captain, and slaver. He operated during a period when the trans-Atlantic slave trade was in the process of being outlawed, and as such, was regarded as a pirate by several nations. Canot's memoirs were collected and published in 1854 following his retirement.
Captain Canot, or, Twenty Years of an African Slaverby Theodore Canot, Brantz Mayer
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CAPTAIN CANOT is a fascinating account of the career of Theodore Canot, a nineteenth century slave trader who traveled widely buying slaves in west Africa and reselling them in the West Indies. Canot's work presents a first-hand description of the slave trade from the inside. His attitudes and descriptions of Africans are telling, but as he grew older and had more contact with the inhabitants of west Africa, Canot's perceptions and biases toward Africans began to soften. This is especially true after his experiences with the American freedmen who settled Liberia. Includes an active table of contents for easy navigation.
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