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Liberty Brought Us HereThe True Story of American Slaves Who Migrated to Liberia$
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Susan E. Lindsey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179339

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179339.001.0001

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I Cannot Banish the Horrid Picture

I Cannot Banish the Horrid Picture

(p.83) 14 I Cannot Banish the Horrid Picture
Liberty Brought Us Here

Susan E. Lindsey

University Press of Kentucky

In 1840, the white Liberian governor, Thomas Buchanan, steps aboard a schooner in Sierra Leone. The stench hits him immediately: sweat, vomit, putrefying wounds, human waste, and the unmistakable smell of corpses. Even a brisk sea breeze can’t sweep it away. The governor of Sierra Leone tells Buchanan that there were 427 slaves aboard the ship when it was captured off the coast of West Africa. One justification for colonization was that the presence of former slaves in Liberia would help discourage the slave trade. But despite laws, good intentions, and concerted efforts to halt the trade, it continues for decades after the first colonists arrive.

Keywords:   Thomas Buchanan, Slavery on West African coast, Attempts to end slave trade on Liberian coast, Pons slave ship

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