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Title:Women slavers of Guinea-Conakry
Author:Mouser, B.L.ISNI
Book title:Women and slavery in Africa
Geographic term:Guinea
Subjects:slave trade
women traders
biographies (form)
Abstract:Along the rivers of coastal Guinea-Conakry, a number of women were active participants in the slave trade during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Among the more prosperous women slave traders were three who became as well known to champions of the anti-slave trade movement as they were to ship captains plying the coast. These women were Betsy Heard of Bereira on the Bereira River, Elizabeth Frazer Skelton of Victoria on the Rio Nunez, and Mary Faber of Sangha on the Rio Pongo. This article tells their life history. The narratives clearly portray phases in the slave trade, pressures which affected all slave traders, regardless of sex, and ways that women became successful as slave traders. Map, notes, ref.