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Igbo Slaves

In the New World, slaves of Igbo extraction were notoriously rebellious, as shown by this 1772 advertisement in the Virginia Gazette. Captives acquired from the Bight of Biafra (the coast immediately south of Igboland) were oftentimes rejected by slaves merchants in the West Indies because they were reputed to be extremely stubborn, lacking in discipline, and worst of all, suicidal.

On numerous occasions, Igbo slaves were documented to have organized massive slave revolts and rebellions.

In the 1816 Black River Rebellion Plot of Jamaica, an African slave referred to as 'The King of the Eboes' was said to have planned a slave revolt which would have involved nearly all of the [Igbo] slaves of the island. Unfortunately, however, the plan was foiled and the plotters were executed.



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