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

Having affairs with slave merchants.

For fear of being captured into slavery many African women unwillingly had affairs with the white merchants and sailors. By having such affairs, they were free from being captured as slaves because they entertained the westerners on visits or transits providing shelter, sex and food to eat.

Despite being shunned and even disowned by their families, many young women chose this option than to be taken into slavery after hearing the ordeals that captives faced on the ships and plantations. If an African woman got pregnant for a westerner, it ensured her more security and protection.

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