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 unusually broad documents, together with details and pictures from extended-family contributors and descendants, Daniel Shafer reconstructs and records one slave’s outstanding story.
Both an American slave and a slaveowner--and in all probability an African princess--Anna was once while she was once 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, 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 finally the mummy of 4 of his young children. Her husband officially emancipated her in 1811, and he or she turned the landlord of her personal farm and twelve slaves the subsequent year.
For 25 years, lifestyles on her farm and on the Kingsley plantation on fortress 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 little ones migrated to a colony in Haiti verified by way of her husband as a shelter at no cost blacks. Amid the spiraling racial tensions of the antebellum interval, Anna again to north Florida, the place she acquired and bought land, sued white humans within the courts, and have become a principal determine in a unfastened black neighborhood. Such accomplishments by means of 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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Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner by Daniel L Schafer