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The war ended with the signing of a formal peace treaty in Planters, in economic distress not to mention physical danger, departed the island in large numbers, selling slaves when and where they could to avoid total loss. William Walton the Africanist drastically reduced his trade with Jamaica.
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The Livingstons brought captives to New York for use on their own lands as well as for auction. There is no indication that they entered direct trade with Africa before The Antiguan court decreed banishment for plotters either marginally involved or having been cooperative witnesses.
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Some owners with their own suspicions sent out bondpeople to be sold in distant ports, New York among them. The merchant Abraham Van Horne accepted seven people on consignment, two of whom, cooperative witnesses, had also been major figures in planning the insurrection The New York provincial assembly seemed as insouciant as the slave traders given that no new legislation against such imports was passed as it had been in Carolinians who had imported such people in found a way out of their dilemma by re-exporting many of them Again New York port was a willing receiver. Whereas between and , only eight people arrived from South Carolina between and the number was a record It is clear, then, that a far higher proportion of people arriving in New York during the s were African-based than had been the case in the past.
A tentative conclusion is that as high as one in three arriving in New York from the Americas through was African-reared, dropping to one in ten before , and thereafter to insignificance. Further research in island archives is clearly necessary. As for African-based people, given the variety of business practices in New York and the structure of markets in the s, their prior experiences in the Americas were as varied as those of their African-reared counterparts.
By , New York harbored an extraordinary cross section of the African diaspora. Neither the number of captives aboard nor vessel size are useful. Indeed, in the case of New York they may be misleading. James Lydon states that vessels carrying more than seven captives required significantly greater expense, given larger crews, weaponry, leg irons, and greater outlay for provisions However, a sample of vessels carrying 15 or more captives to New York between and does not entirely bear this out.
Between and larger vessels ships, brigantines, schooners were used to carry fewer numbers of captives than was the case between and , when the largest number of captives 51, 50, 55 were all brought in on sloops. The sloop dominated in that period and would also be characteristic of the New York African trade as it began to revive in the late s. The small sloop had little space for provisions and could not accommodate large crews, suggesting that threat from captives was a lesser concern than threats from potentially hostile vessels, whether African canoe or Company ship, English, French, Dutch or Portuguese.
In American waters black crew members were not uncommon on slavers and in fact were regulars on Bermudan vessels. Skilled mariners these men surely were, but, perhaps, their attraction lay also in the supposition that they would be more likely than whites to detect captive unrest. Privateers became de facto New York slave traders during those years, bringing enemy vessels with captives aboard into the port for condemnation and sale As the trade revived, and thereafter through the early years of the nineteenth century, virtually no captives from the Americas entered New York via slaving vessels.
Africa was the beacon and New York merchants invested in that trade heavily Boxer , C. Campbell , Mavis C. Gaspar , David Barry, Bondmen and Rebels. Hodges , Graham Russell, Root and Branch. Howard , Warren S. Iliffe , John, Africans. Manning , Patrick, Slavery and African Life. Morris , Richard B. Rawley , James A. A History , New York, W. Norton and Col, Walsh , Lorena S. Crowder , eds.
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Woodt , Peter H. Norton and Co. Sommaire - Document suivant. Mesure de l'Histoire. Plan 1. African reared captives brought from Africa. African reared and African based captives brought from the Americas. Market conditions and the origins of captives. Slaving Voyages to Africa Agrandir Original png, 13k. Vessels carrying captives into New York, Agrandir Original png, 73k. Notes 1 Donnan , E. This issue summarizes the findings of the W. Dubois Institute Harvard U. Rawley , J.
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I characterize an individual in transit as a captive on the grounds that a person becomes a slave only after sale and entry into work under the constraints defined by a particular slave society. The rafters are a sort of wild cane. The fruits of this isle are chiefly figs and watermelons. They have also callavances a sort of pulse like French beans and pumpkins for ordinary food. The fowls are flamingos, great curlews, and guinea-hens, which the natives of those islands call galena pintata, or the painted hen; but in Jamaica, where I have seen also those birds in the dry savannahs and woods for they love to run about in such places they are called guinea-hens.
They seem to be much of the nature of partridges. They are bigger than our hens, have long legs, and will run apace. They can fly too but not far, having large heavy bodies and but short wings and short tails: as I have generally observed that birds have seldom long tails unless such as fly much; in which their tails are usually serviceable to their turning about as a rudder to a ship or boat. These birds have thick and strong yet sharp bills, pretty long claws, and short tails.
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They feed on the ground, either on worms, which they find by tearing open the earth; or on grasshoppers, which are plentiful here. The feathers of these birds are speckled with dark and light grey; the spots so regular and uniform that they look more beautiful than many birds that are decked with gayer feathers. Their necks are small and long; their heads also but little. The cocks have a small rising on their crowns, like a sort of a comb. It is of the colour of a dry walnut shell, and very hard. They have a small red gill on each side of their heads, like ears, strutting out downwards; but the hens have none.
They are so strong that one cannot hold them; and very hardy. They are very good meat, tender, and sweet; and in some the flesh is extraordinary white; though some others have black flesh: but both sorts are very good. The natives take them with dogs, running them down whenever they please; for here are abundance of them. You shall see 2 or in a company. I had several brought aboard alive, where they throve very well; some of them 16 or 18 months; when they began to pine. When they are taken young they will become tame like our hens.
The flamingos I have already described at large. They have also many other sort of fowls, namely pigeons and turtledoves; miniotas, a sort of land-fowls as big as crows, of a grey colour, and good food; crusias, another sort of grey-coloured fowl almost as big as a crow, which are only seen in the night probably a sort of owls and are said to be good for consumptive people but eaten by none else.
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Rabeks, a sort of large grey eatable fowls with long necks and legs, not unlike herons; and many kinds of small birds. Of land animals here are goats, as I said formerly, and asses good store. When I was here before they were said to have had a great many bulls and cows: but the pirates who have since miserably infested all these islands have much lessened the number of those; not having spared the inhabitants themselves: for at my being there this time the governor of Mayo was but newly returned from being a prisoner among them, they having taken him away, and carried him about with them for a year or two.
The sea is plentifully stocked with fish of divers sorts, namely dolphins, bonetas, mullet, snapper, silver-fish, garfish, etc.
And here is a good bay to haul a seine or net in. I hauled mine several times, and to good purpose; dragging ashore at one time 6 dozen of great fish, most of them large mullet of a foot and a half or two foot long. Here are also porpoises, and a small sort of whales that commonly visit this road every day.
I have already said that the months of May, June, July and August that is, the wet season are the time when the green-turtle come hither and go ashore to lay their eggs. I look upon it as a thing worth taking notice of that the turtle should always, both in north and south latitude, lay their eggs in the wet months. It might be thought, considering what great rains there are then in some places where these creatures lay, that their eggs should be spoiled by them.
But the rain, though violent, is soon soaked up by the sand wherein the eggs are buried; and perhaps sinks not so deep into it as the eggs are laid: and keeping down the heat may make the sand hotter below than it was before, like a hot-bed. Whatever the reason may be why Providence determines these creatures to this season of laying their eggs, rather than the dry, in fact it is so, as I have constantly observed; and that not only with the sea-turtle but with all other sorts of amphibious animals that lay eggs; as crocodiles, alligators, iguanas etc.
The inhabitants of this island, even their governor and padres, are all negroes, wool-pated like their African neighbours; from whom it is like they are descended; though, being subjects to the Portuguese, they have their religion and language. They are stout, lusty, well-limbed people, both men and women, fat and fleshy; and they and their children as round and plump as little porpoises; though the island appears so barren to a stranger as scarce to have food for its inhabitants.
I enquired how many people there might be on the isle; and was told by one of the padres that here were souls in all. The negro governor has his patent from the Portuguese governor of St. He is a very civil and sensible poor man; and they are generally a good sort of people. He expects a small present from every commander that lades salt here; and is glad to be invited aboard their ships.
He spends most of his time with the English in the salting season, which is his harvest; and indeed, all the islanders are then fully employed in getting somewhat; for they have no vessels of their own to trade with, nor do any Portuguese vessels come hither: scarce any but English, on whom they depend for trade: and though subjects of Portugal, have a particular value for us.
We don't pay them for their salt, but for the labour of themselves and their beasts in lading it: for which we give them victuals, some money, and old clothes, namely hats, shirts, and other clothes: by which means many of them are indifferently well rigged; but some of them go almost naked. When the turtle season comes in they watch the sandy bays in the night to turn them; and having small huts at particular places on the bays to keep them from the rain, and to sleep in: and this is another harvest they have for food; for by report there come a great many turtle to this and the rest of the Cape Verde Islands.
When the turtle season is over they have little to do but to hunt for guinea-hens and manage their small plantations. But by these means they have all the year some employment or other; whereby they get a subsistence though but little else. When any of them are desirous to go over to St. Jago they get a licence from the governor and desire passage in any English ship that is going thither: and indeed all ships that lade salt here will be obliged to touch at St.