Women September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Five ways African women escaped capture and enslavement in the early 1800s

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Women

Getting Pregnant/faking pregnancy

This was one of the easiest and safest ways of escaping slavery. At the time when African women were in high demand by slave merchants, they got pregnant to avoid being captured. The slave market did not like to have pregnant women because they were very expensive as they were sold for the price of two.

Secondly, ship masters could not take pregnant women on their ships due to the long sea trip and poor living conditions. Slaves were literally packed and locked up in dark dungeons only being allowed to exercise or entertain sailors every now and then. They were also given sea water and little food to sustain them. These conditions were not favourable to pregnant women. Women, therefore, got pregnant or faked a pregnancy to escape being caught.


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