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Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley has 63 ratings and 8 reviews. Michelle said: This should have been boring, but for some reason I stuck with it and enjoyed it. University Press of Florida Book: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley. Contributors: Daniel L. Schafer. ISBN Numbers: Her name was Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley. A free woman, Anna Kingsley petitioned the Spanish government for land, and land grant records.

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Americans and American-supplied Creek Indians raided towns and plantations in north Florida, sending any blacks they captured into slavery, regardless of their legal status. Anna returned to Florida in to participate in the Kingsley estate defense, despite the increasingly tense racial climate in Duval County. Then it follows the life of Anta Majigeen Ndiaye as she grows from Senegalese teenager to Floridian plan I picked this book up a couple of weeks ago when we drove up to Kingsley Plantation for a bike ride around the island.

And on Fort George Island, near the mouth of the St. Slavery and Plantation Growth in Antebellum Florida, — Amber rated it liked it Aug 04, They included farmers, craftsmen, and members of a black militia. Editorial Reviews From Booklist Schafer expands on previously written material about the fascinating legend of an African princess, brought to Florida as a slave, who later became a plantation and slave owner.

I read the latter at the beginning of the year before realizing the former existed, and – aside from the author’s comment in the acknowledgements that he’s now forever done with this project and a few late-breaking updates regarding plans for a documentary in the postscript – I could not tell you how the two differed without a close side-by-side comparison. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.


Some of these people, like Anna, owned slaves. There was then, as there is now, racism. Sadly, so much I would have liked to know seems to be lost of the ravages of history. To view it, click here.

You do not currently have access to this article. During an effort to wrest East Florida from the Spanish, armed American forces entered the province. Johns Riverstopping in an inlet now named Doctors Lake. The next morning my aunt, Mrs. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Kingsley eventually married Anna, made her manager of his plantation, and fathered four children with her. Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley was from Senegal. Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: I went to Jacksonville, Florida recently and visited the Kingsley Plantation in order to see for myself the place where this former African woman, Anna Madgigine Jal Kingsley lived.

Most users should sign in with their email address. When the Civil War divided the country, Anna and her daughters’ families supported the Union. But Kingsley’s arguments did not convince Florida legislators.

From Anna herself we hear but once, in the form of her shrewdly practical last will and testament. It also highlights the privilege and plight of free blacks, and it shows how free blacks in Florida suffered when klngsley territory changed hands from Spain to the US.

A great story and wonderfully researched and written book. The plantation buildings are now part of the National Park Service just north of Jacksonville and the buildings are open to the public.

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Contact the Park Mailing Address: From the book jacket of Anna Madgigine Jai Madgigune Andrew rated it liked it Jul 02, No intimate letters, diaries, or other personal reflections on her life are known to exist.


Kingsley told abolitionist Lydia Child in an interview that Anna was “very capable, and could carry on nai the affairs of the plantation in my absence, as well as I could myself”, but he either deliberately misrepresented other details in his life or Child’s reporting was inaccurate, calling into question other statements Kingsley was reported to have said.

Kristen rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Anna’s older son, George, was returning to Florida in to defend land interests, when the ship in which he was traveling was lost at sea. Even her grave is unmarked.

Anna Kingsley: A Free Woman – Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve (U.S. National Park Service)

She was affectionate and faithful, and I could trust her. Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: Schafer’s book, Znna know it so much better and now have more former Kingsley sites to search out and explore. This chapter is sandwiched between two narrative chapters and probably could have been presented in an appendix.

Legislative councils used fear of slave rebellion to justify policies that were increasingly oppressive. The document was a manumission paper which ensured her legal freedom. Her children were raised as free people and were given education and inheritance. The territory did not recognize interracial or polygamous marriages as legal.

He had several other kkingsley “wives” and many children. Thanks for telling us about the problem. She settled in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville, where she died in at 77 years old.