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Title:The fugitive slave crisis of 1859: a factor in the growth of anti-British feelings among the Yoruba
Author:Oroge, E.Adeniyi
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
abolition of slavery
Abstract:An analysis of the significance of the domestic slave question in fomenting anti-British opinion in the Yoruba interior and in uniting both the non-immigrant Yoruba and the Yoruba repatriates from Sierra Leone and Brazil against British penetration has not been attempted. The considerable excitement generated by Baikie and Glover in 1859 when they induces Hausa and Nupe slaves to desert their masters in Lagos and join the Niger Expedition as porters has scarcely received more than passing notice from scholars. Even W.D. Mclntyre, who has made a fairly detailed study of Glover's official career at Lagos, paints only a hazy picture of the fugitive slave crisis of 1859. This article, attempts to present the facts about this neglected crisis, and to highlight how the crisis served to incite feelings against the British in the Yoruba interior. The article, hopefully, will shed some useful light on the nineteenth-century origins of nationalism among the Yoruba. Notes and ref.