Mahommah G. Baquaqua
This engraved portrait was taken from a daguerrotype that appears on title page of Baquaqua's autobiography. Baquaqua was born in 1824 or 1830 in Djougou in the northern Bight of Benin hinterland. He was duped into slavery when in his late teens or early twenties, and from the vicinity of Dahomey and Ouidah was shipped to Brazil in the mid-1840s. He ultimately became free by jumping ship in New York City in 1847, travelled with Baptists to Haiti, and returned to the U.S. in late 1849. In 1854, he moved to Canada. His autobiography was published the same year by the abolitionist, Samuel Downing Moore, in Detroit.
Mahommah G. Baquaqua and Samuel Moore, Biography of Mahommah G. Baquaqua: A Native Zoogoo, in the Interior of Africa. . . (Detroit: Geo. E. Pomeroy & Co., 1854), title page.
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Africa--Bight of Benin--Djougou
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