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

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Robin Law, Paul E. Lovejoy
Markus Wiener Publisher, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
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Baquaqua, born in the town of Djougou (in northern Benin) in the 1820s and raised as a Muslim, lived a busy life as an ironsmith and palace servant. Then he was kidnapped and transported to Recife in about 1845. In 1847 he arrived in New York and there was able to gain his freedom. He then went to Haiti for two years, returned to New York, and in 1850 began studies at Central College. ?This exemplary volume is worthy of study and emulation. . . . Extensive detail and clear overview of the present edition contrast powerfully with the previous versions.??International Journal of African Historical Studies?Law and Lovejoy conclude that perhaps scholars have underestimated the degree to which African-born slaves in the Americas had a choice among alternative ethnic identities.??Hispanic American Historical ReviewPaul E. Lovejoy, York University, is the author of Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa.

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