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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Anna Kingsley – Wikipedia

Over a hundred slaves were gathered there from multiple African ethnic groups; they lived in two groups of houses. Johns River for the final time. She purchased goods and livestock to get her farm started, as well as 12 slaves. In the legal petitions and official correspondence, probate and property records, the details of her life emerge. Florida seceded from the Union. Schafer’s prose is clear and readable, though he has an academic’s tendency to restate ajna he’s already covered extensively in previous chapters one suspects most of the chapters began as articles in some journaland the latter half of the book is so thick with lists of descendants and relatives and extended kin-groups that you may want to sketch a Kingsley family tree for reference to keep track since the author mysteriously neglected to provide one.

Notes on the Life of Anna Kingsley

It’s a silhouette rather than the oil painting we’d want, but it’s something at least to commemorate this amazing woman’s life, though you’re bound to finish the book with serious questions about how Anna felt about all of it. Schafer has reconstructed Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley’s story in a remarkable way.


Views Read Edit View history. Notify me of new comments via email. Captured from her homeland inshe became first an American slave, later a slaveowner, and eventually a central figure in a free black community. Her husband formally emancipated her inmadgibine she became the owner of her own farm and twelve slaves the following year.

She became one of a significant number of free people of African descent in East Florida. Southern states increased restrictions against free kijgsley after the Nat Turner Rebellion of The book begins with some background about the slave trade on the African side of the ocean, an angle I’ve never learned enough about.

Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: African Princess, Florida Slave, Plantation Slaveowner

Most visitors had assumed she was already a free woman. Hardcoverpages. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second kingslye. Voices from Mariel Madigine Book. Andrew rated it liked it Jul 02, Their two oldest daughters had already married white planters in Florida and remained there. Showing of 15 reviews. The remnants of the slave cabins and the big house and the pier and barn are still standing.

Share your thoughts with other customers. It also highlights the privilege and plight of free blacks, and it shows how free blacks in Florida What a great story: Peppy rated it it was amazing Oct 18, The insurrection later ended in failure and, as it turned out, Anna’s loss was not total.


To have achieved them as a woman of color is remarkable. Though there are some blank spots left in Anna’s history due to lack of documents, and the occasional stretching of what few primary documents are available, Dr.

This maxgigine is sandwiched between two narrative chapters and probably could have been presented in an appendix. They lived in a compound designed much like the co Academic account of a woman born at the end of the 18th century into African nobility, sold into slavery at the age of 13, who became the mistress of an East Florida plantation.

Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: Put[s] a voice and face to slavery in Florida during Spanish and American rule. Some of these people, like Anna, owned slaves. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Liana rated it liked it Mar 07, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The owner’s house had been looted and vandalized, but every other structure on the property was destroyed.

Anna Kingsley

Anna Kingsley was determined to be an independent businesswoman, selling goods and poultry to neighboring settlers. A free woman, Anna Kingsley petitioned the Spanish government for land, and land grant records show that in she was granted title to five acres on the St. Drawn to the Deep Featured Book.