1 September: Wesley’s thoughts upon Slavery III.

<a href="http://By Mathieu DAMMAN – <a rel="nofollow" class="external autonumber" href="http://www.world66.com/africa/senegal/capskirring/lib/gallery/showimage?pic=africa/senegal/capskirring/rsidences_les_al">%5B1%5D</a&gt;, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0&quot; title="Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0">CC BY-SA 1.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3131825">LinkLandscape in Casamance, Senegal

Some of the Language in Wesley’s thoughts upon slavery would be considered offensive today, but it is clearly not intended to be so. After all, the pamphlet was arguing for the essential equality of humankind
and the abolition of slavery. In this section the notion that the slaves were taken from miserable poverty in West Africa is completely demolished on eyewitness testimony.

That part of Africa whence the Negroes are brought, commonly known by the name of Guinea, extends along the coast, in the whole, between three and four thousand miles. From the river Senegal to … Congo and Angola.

¬†Concerning the Senegal coast, Monsieur Brue, who lived there sixteen years, after describing its fruitfulness near the sea, says, “The farther you go from the sea, the more fruitful and well-improved is the country, abounding in pulse, Indian corn, and various fruits. Here are vast meadows, which feed large herds of great and small cattle; and the villages, which lie thick, show the country is well peopled.” And again: “I was surprised to see the land so well cultivated: Scarce a spot lay unimproved; the low lands, divided by small canals, were all sowed with rice; the higher grounds were planted with Indian corn, and peas of different sorts. Their beef is excellent; poultry plenty, and very cheap, as are all the necessaries of life.”

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