Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Savannah and the Slave Trade
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African and West Indian Slaves Auctioned in Georgia
Georgia Auction House in 1864
Gold Coast Map
Eighteenth-century Savannah advertisments proclaimed the "superor attributes of African slaves from Gambia, Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Angola, and New Calabar." During the early 1790s, Rhode Island slavers dominated this trade in Coastal Georgia. Cyprian Sterry of Providence delievered some 13 human cargoes of over 1,200 African slaves to Savannah.
"The Weeping Time"
In March 1859, Pierce Butler auctioned 436 men, women, and children to
French Slaver at Anchor inthe West Indians
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European slavers transported approximately 300,000 African captives and 25,000 seasoned slaves to the American colonies from 1619 to 1775. Although Georgia prohibited slave importation in 1798, smuggling was condoned according to a Savannah notice that "boldly announced the sale of 330 New Negroes fom Angola."
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Equiano, captured as a young child in Africa in 1745, later became well known for his autobiography that told of his life as a slave. Many of his tales are from times he spent in the Port of Savannah working aboard a trading vessel. In one account Equiano tells of being almost beaten to death in Savannah by a drunkin slave owner. In 1766, Equiano made enough money from trading on the side to purchase his freedom.
Gustavus Slave Manifest
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The schooner Gustavus of Duxbury, Massachusetts disembarked 26 Africans at the Port of Savannah on October 6, 1821. The men, woman, and children ranged in age from
Erected 2009 by U.S. Dept. Of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Georgia Dept. of Transportation. (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 32° 4.91′ N, 81° 5.462′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East River Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Between Drayton Street Ramp & Abercorn Ramp, riverside. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African American Monument (a few steps from this marker); Savannah Waterfront (a few steps from this marker); Jewish Colonists (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah in the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. Oglethorpe's Landing (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This is Yamacraw Bluff (about 300 feet away); Savannah City Hall (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
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Also see . . . Olaudah Equiano, From Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Notable Events • Settlements & Settlers •
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