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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Chad Germany rated it really liked it Jan 12, No portrait or photograph of any kind remains of her. Her husband formally emancipated her inand she became the owner of her own farm and twelve slaves the following year. To purchase jia term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

A great story and wonderfully researched and written book. And the questions he cannot answer, he boldly accepts cannot be answered without personal insights into madglgine man’s mind, which historic record simply doesn’t give us. With Florida’s secession and hostility from Confederates intensifying, Anna had to annq her home again. Most of this book reads like a novel and his narrative style will keep the pages turning. He also owned ships that he captained on trading voyages.

I picked this book up a couple of weeks ago when we drove up to Kingsley Plantation for a bike ride around the island. Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley died in I remember her very distinctly. Info Alerts Maps Calendar Reserve. Get to Know Us. The plantation buildings are now part of the National Park Service just kingsly of Jacksonville and the buildings are open to the public. To view it, click here. Legislative councils used fear of slave rebellion to justify policies that were increasingly oppressive.

Josh Batchelder rated it really liked it Jan 29, Had he died before they were freed, Anna and the children would have been sold. madgiigne


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

Megan rated it liked it Apr 27, To write about this time and these people could not have been easy, particularly since they embody contradictions that are quite unimaginable to the modern mind.

She survived capture, lawsuits and wars.

There are a few instances where it feels that some of these primary sources could be construed in other ways than just how they are presented here. After much dispute, courts upheld the rights of the black heirs, but the family suffered another loss. She later was awarded a land grant of acres 1.

My mother was furious that we had spent the night at Ma’m Anna’s, but it could not be helped. But the author answers many of these questions with clear explanations of slavery under Spanish rule. Alerts In Effect Dismiss. Basing his work on extensive documentation, including interviews with African griots, Schafer traces the history of Anna Madgigine Jai from her homeland of Senegal, where she was captured at about 13 years of age in and sold to Zephaniah Kingsley, a maritime merchant, slave trader, and later an abolitionist.

In all, 60 slaves, family members, and freed employees moved with Kingsley to Haiti to start a plantation called Mayorasgo de Koka. For 25 years, Kingsley’s unusual family lived on Fort George Island in modern-day Jacksonvillewhere Anna managed a large and successful planting operation.

To evade the Americans, Anna approached the Spanish and negotiated her escape, bringing along madgiginw children and a dozen slaves. 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.

But when Florida passed from Spanish to American control, and racism and discrimination increased in the American territories, Anna Kingsley and her children migrated to a colony in Haiti established by her husband as a refuge for free blacks. Even her grave is unmarked. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Instead, Schafer’s account, his exploration of the many anomalies of her identities and experiences, is an interesting biography; at the same time, it is a valuable account that brings a wider understanding to the lives of enslaved and free women in the nineteenth-century South.


The year following Kingsley’s death, his sister Martha and her children contested his will as “defective and invalid”. He treated his slaves relatively well, uai, and believed that they should be able to buy their freedom.

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Anna Kingsley: A Free Woman

Attached to the lake was a dock, the main entrance to Kingsley’s plantation which he had named Laurel Grove. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. After the United States took control of Florida and American discriminatory laws threatened the multi-racial Kingsley family, most of them moved to Haiti.

Email alerts New issue alert. The young woman, a native of Senegal whom Kingsley had purchased in a slave market in Havana, Cuba, was his eighteen-year-old wife and the mother of his three children.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Notify me of new comments via email. Such accomplishments by a woman in a patriarchal society are fascinating in themselves.

Notes on the Life of Anna Kingsley

Sign In or Create an Account. Without Schafer’s extensive research and skillful use of the documentation and family history, Anna Kingsley would have doubtless been lost in the long shadows cast by time. Customers who bought this item also bought. 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.

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