By Daniel L Schafer
Anna Kingsley's existence tale provides a dramatic bankruptcy to histories of the South, the nation of Florida, and the African diaspora. operating from strangely broad documents, together with details and pictures from extended-family contributors and descendants, Daniel Shafer reconstructs and files one slave’s impressive story.
Both an American slave and a slaveowner--and very likely an African princess--Anna used to be whilst she used to be captured in her place of origin of Senegal in 1806 and offered into slavery. Zephaniah Kingsley, Jr., a planter and slave dealer from Spanish East Florida, acquired her in Havana, Cuba, and took her to his St. Johns River plantation in northeast Florida, the place she quickly turned his family supervisor, his spouse, and finally the mummy of 4 of his teenagers. Her husband officially emancipated her in 1811, and he or she turned 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 fortress George Island was once quite tranquil. but if Florida handed from Spanish to American keep an eye on, and racism and discrimination elevated within the American territories, Anna Kingsley and her childrens migrated to a colony in Haiti confirmed by means of her husband as a shelter at no cost blacks. Amid the spiraling racial tensions of the antebellum interval, Anna lower back to north Florida, the place she obtained and offered land, sued white humans within the courts, and have become a primary determine in a unfastened black group. Such accomplishments by means of a girl in a patriarchal society are interesting in themselves. To have accomplished them as a girl of colour is remarkable.
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