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The Two Princes of Calabar
by Randy J. Sparks
Harvard University Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-674-01312-4 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04389-3 | Paper: 978-0-674-03205-7
Library of Congress Classification DA125.N4S66 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 909.049607092267

In 1767, two "princes" of a ruling family in the port of Old Calabar, on the slave coast of Africa, were ambushed and captured by English slavers. The princes were themselves slave traders who were betrayed by African competitors--and so began their own extraordinary odyssey of enslavement. Their story, written in their own hand, survives as a rare firsthand account of the Atlantic slave experience. Sparks made the remarkable discovery of the princes' correspondence and has managed to reconstruct their adventures from it.

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