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William Hoare, c. 1707 - 12 Dec 1792  Search this
John Faber, c. 1684 - 2 May 1756  Search this
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, 1701 - 1773  Search this
William Ansah Sessarakoo, c. 1736 - c. 1770  Search this
Engraving on paper
Image: 10.3 × 19.4 cm (4 1/16 × 7 5/8")
Sheet: 12.4 × 20.9 cm (4 7/8 × 8 1/4")
Book (open to portraits): 26.1 × 21 × 2 cm (10 1/4 × 8 1/4 × 13/16")
United Kingdom\England\Greater London\London
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Ayuba Sulieman Diallo and William Ansah Sessarakoo were captured by slave traders in West Africa but gained their freedom when members of the British elite learned of their high social status. Diallo (left), was the scion of a prominent Muslim family. He was kidnapped in 1730 and sold to a Maryland tobacco planter. News of his plight eventually reached James Oglethorpe, director of the Royal African Company. Oglethorpe brought Diallo to England, where benefactors raised money for his passage home in 1733. Seventeen years later, The Gentleman’s Magazine retold his story in this illustrated article.
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo y William Ansah Sessarakoo fueron capturados por tratantes de esclavos en África Occidental, pero fueron liberados cuando la élite británica supo de su alto estatus social. Diallo (izq.), heredero de una prominente familia musulmana, fue secuestrado en 1730 y vendido a un hacendado tabacalero en Maryland. James Oglethorpe, director de la Royal African Company, se enteró de la situación y llevó a Diallo a Inglaterra, donde unos benefactores recaudaron dinero para su regreso a casa en 1733. Pasados 17 años, The Gentleman’s Magazine recogió su historia en este artículo ilustrado.
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Magazine  Search this
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Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Male  Search this
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Literature\Writer  Search this
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Education and Scholarship\Scholar\Translator  Search this
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person  Search this
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Rulers and Aristocracy\Aristocrat  Search this
William Ansah Sessarakoo: Male  Search this
William Ansah Sessarakoo: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person  Search this
William Ansah Sessarakoo: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Slave trader  Search this
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