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 broad files, together with details and pictures from extended-family contributors and descendants, Daniel Shafer reconstructs and files one slave’s extraordinary story.
Both an American slave and a slaveowner--and potentially an African princess--Anna was once whilst she was once captured in her native land 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 grew to become his loved ones supervisor, his spouse, and finally the mum of 4 of his kids. Her husband officially emancipated her in 1811, and she or he 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 citadel George Island was once quite tranquil. but if Florida handed from Spanish to American keep watch over, and racism and discrimination elevated within the American territories, Anna Kingsley and her young children migrated to a colony in Haiti demonstrated by way 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 acquired and bought land, sued white humans within the courts, and have become a significant determine in a unfastened black group. Such accomplishments by means of a girl 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