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Abolition in Sierra Leone [electronic resource] : re-building lives and identities in nineteenth- century West Africa /
Richard Peter Anderson.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
pages cm
9781108461870, 9781108473545, 9781108562423
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New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Introduction. Sierra Leone: African Colony, African Diaspora -- Liberated African Origins and the Nineteenth Century Slave Trade -- Their Own Middle Passage: Voyages to Sierra Leone -- "Particulars of Disposal:" Life and Labor after "Liberation" -- Liberated African Nations: Ethnogenesis in an African Diaspora -- Kings and Companies: Ethnicity and Community Leadership -- Religion, Return, and the Making of the Aku -- The Cobolo War: Islam, Identity, and Resistance -- Conclusion. Retention or Renaissance? Krio Descendants and Ethnic Identity.
"The history of Sierra Leone is one of departures and arrivals. Between 1581 and 1867, European slave traders carried away an estimated 389,000 Africans from the regions in and around what now constitutes the country of Sierra Leone. In the late eighteenth century, as Britain began contemplating the legal abolition of the slave trade, Sierra Leone became the destination for a reverse migration of enslaved Africans and their descendants who sought to return from the Americas. Between 1787 and 1800 more than two thousand formerly enslaved men, women, and children sailed from Britain, Nova Scotia, and Jamaica to populate a nascent colony financed by British abolitionists and like-minded businessmen. On the coast of West Africa these three waves of colonists hoped to create what abolitionist Granville Sharp called a "province of freedom.""--
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