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The royal slave: nobility, diplomacy and the "African Prince" in Britain, 1748-1752

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William Ansah Sessarakoo, the son of a powerful Fante slave trader on the Gold Coast, was tricked and sold into slavery in Barbados by a British ship’s captain during the 1740s. He was emancipated and brought to Britain in 1748, where he enjoyed a brief period of national celebrity before returning to the Gold Coast in 1750. This paper examines the specific political and cultural circumstances surrounding his remarkable journey, through the lens of the media generated about him during his tim...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S0165115315000492

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
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Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Itinerario Journal website
Volume:
39
Issue:
2
Pages:
329-347
Publication date:
2015-08-01
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EISSN:
2041-2827
ISSN:
0165-1153
Source identifiers:
570189
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uuid:8e8a43f0-b5bc-4f2b-907d-d1d3bc09171c
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pubs:570189
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2015-12-02

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