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

Running away

Many African women chose the option of escaping slavery by abandoning their homes and finding refuge in other kingdoms until the next slave raid happened. By the 18th century, slave raids had become very common and spies gave tip-offs to communities a few hours before they occurred. With women being the target, they would pack a few belongings and even sometimes left their families behind, running as far as they could. They settled in places that had not yet been raided and if they were lucky were never caught.

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