The Diary of Antera Duke, an Eighteenth-Century African Slave Trader: An Eighteenth-Century African…

Paperback | June 28, 2012

byStephen D. Behrendt, A.j.h. Latham, David Northrup

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In his diary, Antera Duke (ca.1735-ca.1809) wrote the only surviving eyewitness account of the slave trade by an African merchant. A leader in late eighteenth-century Old Calabar, a cluster of Efik-speaking communities in the Cross River region, he resided in Duke Town, forty-five miles fromthe Atlantic Ocean in what is now southeast Nigeria. His diary, written in trade English from 1785 to 1788, is a candid account of daily life in an African community at the height of Calabar's overseas commerce. It provides valuable information on Old Calabar's economic activity both with otherAfrican businessmen and with European ship captains who arrived to trade for slaves, produce, and provisions. This new edition of Antera's diary, the first in fifty years, draws on the latest scholarship to place the diary in its historical context. Introductory essays set the stage for the Old Calabar of Antera Duke's lifetime, explore the range of trades, from slaves to produce, in which he rose toprominence, and follow Antera on trading missions across an extensive commercial hinterland. The essays trace the settlement and development of the towns that comprised Old Calabar and survey the community's social and political structure, rivalries among families, sacrifices of slaves, andwitchcraft ordeals. This edition reproduces Antera's original trade-English diary with a translation into standard English on facing pages, along with extensive annotation. The editors draw on Antera's first language, Efik, to illuminate his diary. The Diary of Antera Duke furnishes a uniquelyvaluable source for the history of precolonial Nigeria and the Atlantic slave trade, and this new edition enriches our understanding of it.

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In his diary, Antera Duke (ca.1735-ca.1809) wrote the only surviving eyewitness account of the slave trade by an African merchant. A leader in late eighteenth-century Old Calabar, a cluster of Efik-speaking communities in the Cross River region, he resided in Duke Town, forty-five miles fromthe Atlantic Ocean in what is now southeast N...

Stephen D. Behrendt is a senior lecturer in history at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is co-author of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM (1999) and author of numerous articles and book chapters on the slave trade. He collaborated with James A. Rawley on a revised edition of The Transatlantic Slave...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199922837

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Introduction1. The Diary and Old Calabar History2. The Slave Trade at Old Calabar3. The Produce Trade at Old Calabar4. Old Calabar's Trading Networks5. The Diary of Antera Duke: Notes on the TextTHE DIARY OF ANTERA DUKEAppendix A Index of African NamesAppendix B Antera Duke's Trading Expedition from Old Calabar to Little CameroonBibliography