The Two Princes of Calabar

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Harvard University Press, Feb 28, 2009 - History - 208 pages
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In 1767, two "princes" of a ruling family in the port of Old Calabar, on the slave coast of Africa, were ambushed and captured by English slavers. The princes were themselves slave traders who were betrayed by African competitors--and so began their own extraordinary odyssey of enslavement. Their story, written in their own hand, survives as a rare firsthand account of the Atlantic slave experience. Sparks made the remarkable discovery of the princes' correspondence and has managed to reconstruct their adventures from it.
 

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

Very brief - almost more like reading a long article than reading a book - but interesting overview of the story of two young men of an African slaving family who were themselves captured, sold into slavery, and eventually freed. I'd definitely like to know more about them. Read full review

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User Review  - SusieBookworm - LibraryThing

The Two Princes in question provide an interesting case from the Atlantic slave trade; they were African slave traders themselves but were captured and taken to the Americas and then to Britain during ... Read full review

Contents

A Very Bloody Transaction Old Calabar and the Massacre of 1767
10
Nothing But Sivellety and Fare Trade Old Calabar and the Impact of the Slave Trade on an African Society
33
This Depforable Condition The Robin Johns Enslavement in British America
70
We Were Free People Bristol the English Courts and the Question of Slavery
90
A Very Blessed Time The Robin Johns and English Methodism
107
We Go Home to Old Galabar The Robins Johns Legacy in Old Calabar and England
127
Notes
149
Acknowledgments
Index
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Randy J. Sparks is Professor of History at Tulane University.

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