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Seriki Williams Abass: The Former Slave Who Later Became A Renowned Slave Merchant in Yorubalamd

Seriki Williams Abass was a renowned slave merchant during the 19th century and a former paramount ruler of Badagry.

Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the Enslaved Yoruba Princess Who Was Gifted to the Queen of England in 1850

Born Omoba Aina, Sarah Forbes Bonetta was an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, who was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the king of the Blacks to the Queen of the Whites.

Transatlantic Slavery: How European Offers of Weaponry Lured African Chiefs into Slave Trade

It has been a pile of decades since the abolition of slavery. However, in another context, one can argue that what happened to slavery wasn't abolition but evolution. This article will not dwell on this debate as it is...

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

For over a century, beginning from the 1700s, the publication of slave sales ads was among the most lucrative sources of income for newspaper owners.

The Rise and Fall of Mary Faber, West Africa’s Notorious Slave Trader in the Early 19th Century

Mary Faber, also known as Mary Faber de Sange, was a descendant of African Americans who later gained prominence as a notorious slave trader in Guinea during the early 19th century.

Gustav Badin, the Enslaved African Who Was Gifted to the Queen of Sweden in the 18th Century

Gustav Badin was an enslaved African child who was gifted to Louisa Ulrika, the Queen of Sweden, in the 18th century.

Betsy Heard, the Mixed Race Woman Who Dominated the West African Slave Trade in the 18th Century

Betsy Heard was a powerful female slave trader who rose to prominence in 18th century West Africa. Operating out of the Bereira river, she oversaw the transportation of thousands of enslaved Africans to the Americas.

Samuel Burris, the Abolitionist Who Was Imprisoned for Helping Slaves Escape to Freedom in the 19th Century

Samuel D. Burris was a prominent figure in the abolitionist movement in the United States during the mid-19th century.

Drapetomania: the Scientific Justification of Slavery and Abuse of Enslaved Africans in America

Drapetomania was a pseudoscientific theory that was used in the mid-19th century to explain why enslaved African Americans would attempt to escape slavery in the United States.

Samuel Sharpe: The Enslaved Preacher Who Sparked a Rebellion on Christmas Day in Jamaica in 1831

Samuel Sharpe was an enslaved Jamaican who is remembered for leading a rebellion against British colonial rule on Christmas Day in 1831.
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History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West

During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.