Mayer, Captain Canot; or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

Title

Mayer, Captain Canot; or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

Description

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Set down by an American journalist, this volume comprises the memoirs of Captain Theodore Canot (whose real name was Theophile Conneau). As the title suggests, he spent twenty years directly involved in the African slave trade. The French-Italian captain reveals much of the true inner workings of the slave trade, from purchasing human beings from African shores to the subsequent resale of them in the Caribbean and South America. Canot expresses a "candid" opinion on the institution of slavery - that it was an African invention and that "one-sixth of Africa subjects the remaining five-sixths to servitude." As odious a worldview as this volume presents, it offers valuable insight into the function of the slave trade and the internal justifications of the individuals who supported it.

Title as Issued

Captain Canot; or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver: being an account of his career and adventures on the coast, in the interior, on shipboard, and in the West Indies

Author

Brantz Mayer

Publication

New York, 1854

Category

Files

Map of the journeys of Captain Canot, a slave trader

Citation

“Mayer, Captain Canot; or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver,” The Caribbeana Project at AAS, accessed February 9, 2023, https://www.americanantiquarian.org/caribbeana/items/show/101.

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