New PDF release: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida

By Daniel L Schafer

Anna Kingsley's existence tale provides a dramatic bankruptcy to histories of the South, the country of Florida, and the African diaspora. operating from strangely huge files, together with info and pictures from extended-family participants and descendants, Daniel Shafer reconstructs and records one slave’s notable story.

Both an American slave and a slaveowner--and in all likelihood an African princess--Anna was once whilst she used to be captured in her native land of Senegal in 1806 and bought into slavery. Zephaniah Kingsley, Jr., a planter and slave dealer from Spanish East Florida, got her in Havana, Cuba, and took her to his St. Johns River plantation in northeast Florida, the place she quickly grew to become his loved ones supervisor, his spouse, and at last the mummy of 4 of his little ones. Her husband officially emancipated her in 1811, and he or she grew to become the landlord of her personal farm and twelve slaves the next year.

For 25 years, lifestyles on her farm and on the Kingsley plantation on castle George Island used to be particularly tranquil. but if Florida handed from Spanish to American regulate, and racism and discrimination elevated within the American territories, Anna Kingsley and her young children migrated to a colony in Haiti verified via her husband as a safe haven at no cost blacks. Amid the spiraling racial tensions of the antebellum interval, Anna back to north Florida, the place she obtained and bought land, sued white humans within the courts, and have become a principal determine in a loose black group. Such accomplishments via a lady in a patriarchal society are attention-grabbing in themselves. To have accomplished them as a girl of colour is remarkable.

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