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The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey
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 ...