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Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner

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Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award

In this revised and expanded edition of Anna Kingsley’s remarkable life story, Daniel Schafer draws on new discoveries to prove true the longstanding rumors that Anna Madgigine Jai was originally a princess from the royal family of Jolof in Senegal. Captured from her homeland in 1806, she became first an American slave, later a slaveowner, and eventually a central figure in a free black community. Anna Kingsley’s story adds a dramatic chapter to the history of the South, the state of Florida, and the African diaspora.

ISBN-13: 9780813056531

Media Type: Paperback(Revised)

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 04-03-2018

Pages: 240

Product Dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Daniel L. Schafer is professor emeritus of history and University Distinguished Professor at the University of North Florida. He is the author of several books, including Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator and Thunder on the River: The Civil War in Northeast Florida.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Senegal: Anta Madjiguène Ndiaye 5

2 Havana: Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. 26

3 Laurel Grove: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley 39

4 The Patriot War 52

5 Fort George Island 64

6 Freedom in Peril: From Spanish to American Race Policies 78

7 The Island of Liberty 91

8 Anna Jai Returns to Florida 98

9 A Time of Race Hysteria 105

10 Against the Odds: A Free Black Community Forms in Rural Duval County 115

11 Final Flight: The American Civil War 133

12 Final Years 143

13 A Personal Postscript 155

Appendix A Anna Kingsley and the Ndiaye Dynasty of the Kingdom of Jolof 167

Appendix B The Last Will and Testament of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley 169

Notes 173

Bibliography 199

Index 215