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Captain Tomba, the African Chief Who Was Sold Into Slavery for Refusing to Participate in Slave Trade

Captain Tomba was an African chief who was captured by Europeans and sold into slavery for refusing to participate in the transatlantic slave trade.

Force Publique, the Brutal Army Used by Belgian King Leopold II to Commit His Crimes in Congo

King Leopold's Force Publique had one major purpose and that was to enforce the rubber quotas and other forms of forced labour on the people of congo.

Ganga Zumba, the Runaway Slave Who Founded His Own African State in Brazil

Ganga Zumba was an African royal who escaped enslavement and established the massive runaway slave settlement of Quilombo dos Palmares

King Eyo Honesty II: This Man Stopped the Killing of Twins in Calabar, Not Mary Slessor

King Eyo Honesty II ended brutal practices such as the killing of twins; human sacrifices; and the immolation of slaves upon the death of an important person.

Arthur William Hodge, the Cruel Slave Owner Who Was Hanged for Murdering His Slave Over a Mango

Arthur William Hodge was a plantation farmer and notoriously cruel slave owner in the British Virgin Islands, who was hanged in 1811 for the murder of one of his slaves. He was the first and only British slave owner to...

Sir Charles Maccarthy: the British Military Governor Whose Skull the Ashantes Made Into a Drinking Cup

Sir Charles MacCarthy was killed by Ashanti forces in the battle of Nsamankow, with his skull used as a trophy of war.

Margaret Garner, the Runaway Slave Who Killed Her Own Daughter Rather Than Return Her to Slavery

Margaret Garner was an enslaved African-American who killed her own daughter rather than allow the child to be returned to slavery.

Barbados Slave Code of 1661: the Legal Document That Classified African Slaves as Property

The Barbados Slave Code of 1661 defined the way of life for slaves in the Caribbean island of Barbados. The Slave Code denied rights to slaves and allowed them to be classified as property instead of human beings.

Modern Slavery: 10 Shocking Facts About Slavery In Mauritania

Slavery in Mauritania is not a thing of the past. The practice persists to this day despite laws abolishing and criminalizing it

Slave Brokerage: How Early U.S. Newspapers Facilitated The Sales And Purchase Of Slaves

In the earliest history of US stock brokerage, one stock stood out both in nature and the revenue it generated – humans. The more preferred name for the merchandise was slave, and the stock market were the first US newspapers
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Captain Tomba, the African Chief Who Was Sold Into Slavery for Refusing to Participate in Slave Trade

Captain Tomba was an African chief who was captured by Europeans and sold into slavery for refusing to participate in the transatlantic slave trade.