Historical References

1714 – 600 Families of Berbers Descend From 5 Colonies of Sabeans In Africa

1714 – 600 Families of Berbers Descend From 5 Colonies of Sabeans In Africa

Source: Atlas Geographus: Or, A Compleat System of Geography, Ancient and Modern (John Nutt) 1714 - pg. 38 African authors of the best note, says Mormel, affirm that Babary and Namidia were first peopled by 5 colonies of Sabeans, who came hither with Melec Isriqui, a Prince of Arabia Felix, from whom 600 families of Berbers, and the greatest families of Africa derive their origins.
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1749 – Negroes From Whydah Were Considered The Best Slaves For Working The Sugar Plantations

1749 – Negroes From Whydah Were Considered The Best Slaves For Working The Sugar Plantations

Source: The Alarm-Bell: Or, Considerations on the Present Dangerous State of the Sugar Colonies (The British Library) 1749 - pg. 8 Query III Why are the Negroes from the Gold Coast and Whydah the most valuable, and so necessary for the subsistence of sugar plantations? Answer Gold Coast and Whydah Negroes are hard, and are enured to labour in their own country; and will go to the hard work necessary in sugar plantations, as soon as they are purchased by the planters; which is not the case with other Negroes from Angola, Calabar, and other parts of Africa, who live…
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A Large Community of Black Jews Lived In Dahomey After WWI

A Large Community of Black Jews Lived In Dahomey After WWI

Source: Blacks Jews The Religious Challenge (Cambridge University Press) 1987, pg. 232 "Closer to our time Dr. J. Krepel noted some time after the First World War, that a large community of Black Jews existed in the interior of Dahomey. These Jews had the five books of Moses written on old parchment in Hebrew."
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Godfrey Higgins Mentions That 12th Century Edrisi Noted That Jews Were on the West Coast of Africa

Godfrey Higgins Mentions That 12th Century Edrisi Noted That Jews Were on the West Coast of Africa

Source: Anacalypsis (London: : Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, Paternoster Row) 1836 A.D. Note: Page 603 of the source. Note: Page 604 of the source. This source is a short summary of key Hebrewisms in Africa by the reputable scholar Godfrey Higgins. Godfrey Higgins makes a quick reference to the tribe of Juda possibly migrating to West Africa like Guinea. Godfrey Higgins mentions Edrisi mentioning Jews being in the area of Lamlem which others have noted and the Ashantee country is mentioned. This source also mentions Canaanites fleeing into Africa which other sources have noted, as well. There…
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1893 – 115 Towns In Dahomey Belonged to The Tribe of Judah

1893 – 115 Towns In Dahomey Belonged to The Tribe of Judah

Source: A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome: With Notices of the So Called "Amazons," the Grand Customs, the Yearly Customs, the Human Sacrifices, the Present State of the Slave Trade, and the Negro's Place in Nature, Volumes 1-2 (Michigan State University) 1893 A.D. The eye dwells with delight upon the numerous country villages, like the 115 towns of the Tribe of Judah , and upon the thin forest of palms rising from the tapestry of herbage, here waving, there cut short, which combine to make this spot the Fridaus or Paradise of Dahome-land (Dahomey).
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1741 – The Price of Negro Slaves In West Africa

1741 – The Price of Negro Slaves In West Africa

Source: The London Magazine, and Monthly Chronologer (Princeton University) 1741 - pg. 509-510 Excerpt From Page 509 Cowries, a certain type of seashell is used for money in parts of Asia and Africa. Cowrie (cowry) shells used for decorating apparels, making necklaces and playing dice games. Excerpt From Page 510 In 1740 2,400 Cowries were equal to 1 Rupee. Cowries are valued in West Africa, but specifically Guinea, as much as silver and Gold. There they are called "bougies". Cowries are worn as ornaments in necklaces and bracelets. Cowries are described as white. French merchants in Whydah paid 40 pounds…
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1862 – 2,500 Slaves Shipped From Whydah In Six Weeks

1862 – 2,500 Slaves Shipped From Whydah In Six Weeks

Source: Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain Parliament House of Commons) 1862 AD - pg. 68 "The Alecto hove up for Lagos to meet the mail. I learn from Commander Raby, who is a very active office, and of considerable knowledge in Coast matters, that the Slave Trade is now at its full height at Whydah: legal trade is completely stopped, and they allow no intercourse with men-of-war." "The slavers come down the coast under the American flag, and lay off the place, making their arrangements under their noses, and as soon as the cruizers leave for Lagos, they ship their slaves…
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1862 – 1,000 Slaves Collected At Whydah – Parliamentary Papers

1862 – 1,000 Slaves Collected At Whydah – Parliamentary Papers

Source: Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain Parliament House of Commons) 1862 AD - pg. 5 "With regard to the Slave Trade in the Bights, I have heard that, subsequent to the taking of Porto Novo, the King of Dahomey had collected 1,000 slaves at Whydah: that part of the station has, however, been vigilantly watched by our cruizers, and with the exception of a vessel which escaped with a cargo of slaves from the neighbourhood of Whydah in April last, I have not heard of any slaves having been carried away from the Bights of Benin and Biafra.
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The First Wave of Sephardic Immigrants in Medieval England Had Dark Skin Like That of Shakespeare’s Moor

The First Wave of Sephardic Immigrants in Medieval England Had Dark Skin Like That of Shakespeare’s Moor

Source: Passing Fancies in Jewish American Literature and Culture (Indiana University Press) 2019 A.D. Note: Page 3 of the source. This source groups medieval Sephardic Jews with Moors and states both of them had dark skin, but they were also "black" due to their immorality.
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