To be sold on board the ship Bance-Island . . . a choice cargo of about 250 fine healthy Negroes.
This advertisement was for the sale of enslaved Africans published in the South Carolina Gazette and paid for by a prominent firm for importing enslaved Africans to Charleston. The advertisement announces the forthcoming sale of Africans from the Upper Guinea Coast region, and stresses they are free of smallpox, a common disease on the Atlantic crossing. The Library of Congress assigns a possible date from the 1780s, but the advertisement was, in fact, published on April 26, 1760. See Philip Hamer, ed., The Papers of Henry Laurens (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1972), vol. 3, pp. 35-36.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-10293.
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Africa--Upper Guinea Coast
North America--South Carolina
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