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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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Free Blacks of Israel Hill

Free Blacks of Israel Hill

The low, gray rain clouds of early Sunday morning cleared away to reveal a high, bright blue fall sky over those attending the unveiling of the Virginia historical highway marker at the foot of Israel Hill in Farmville.  A year ago the seeds were planted at a Farmville-Prince Edward Historical Society board meeting for the erection of a marker commemorating the citizens and location of Israel Hill.  Within weeks, forms were being submitted to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  Jo D. Smith, representing the historical society, went before the Farmville Town Council and the Prince Edward County Board of…
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