In the lives of two brothers from a slave-trading community on the Bight of Biafra, Randy J. Sparks uncovers a little known episode in the slave trade and traces the trade's social and economic impact throughout the Atlantic. During a disagreement with a nearby rival slave-trading clan in 1767, which was prompted by English slave merchants, the brothers were seized by a ship captain and pressed into slavery. Thus began their seven-year odyssey to return home.
The brothers were enslaved in Dominica and Virginia. They were eventually taken to England where the Methodists took up their cause. Author Sparks discovered this story while reading their letters to Charles Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism. Eventually, they were freed after their case was adjudicated in the English courts. The book does not make clear whether the brothers or their family continued in the slave trade after this ordeal.
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