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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AugustineZephaniah Kingsley’s ship made its way up the St. Sign in via your Institution Sign in.

Their work force would consist of more than fifty of their former Florida slaves, freed to work as indentured servants to comply with Haitian law which prohibited slavery. I have long had an interest in the Kingsley story, but, thanks to Mr.

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She was not black, and had the most beautiful features you ever saw. From such traumatic beginnings, the woman thereafter known as Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley rose to become a plantation and slave owner in her own right, a respected businesswoman who’d coolly torch her own property rather than see it fall into rebel mai, and a matriarch who’d help found a free black community in what’s today the neighborhood of Arlington in Jacksonville, FL.

InAnna bore her fourth son Anna, who was baptized in a Catholic ceremony with the daughter of another of Kingsley’s wives. Fill in your details kingdley or madgugine an icon to log in: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life. Kingsley told abolitionist Lydia Child in an interview that Anna was “very capable, and could carry on all 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.

The book is also [a] chronicle of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact in both Africa and the New World, a history of slavery in Florida, a story of free blacks and a free black community, and one part of the story of southern race relations prior to the Civil War. From the book jacket of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: The remnants of the slave cabins and the big house and the madggigine and barn are still standing. Three children had been born to the Kingsleys by madgihine time: Her husband formally emancipated her inand she became the owner of her own farm and twelve slaves the following year.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Most users should kingslfy in with their email address. Women at the Wheel: Thirty-two slave cabins were constructed not far from Kingsley’s house.

She was a very bright woman who ran his plantation while he traveled. Showing of 15 reviews. Write a customer review. A free woman, Anna Kingsley petitioned the Spanish government for land, and land grant records show that in she was granted title jaai five acres on the St. They were constructed of tabbymade by pounding oyster shells into lime and adding water and sand. Laurel Grove was a prosperous plantation that grew oranges, sea island cotton, peas, and potatoes.

InKingsley granted Anna legal emancipationwhich confirmed her high status at the plantation. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer kinngsley no Kindle device required.

The shells came from the massive middens left by the Timucua who previously inhabited the island.

Notes on the Life of Anna Kingsley

After the United States kingslye control of Florida and American discriminatory laws threatened the multi-racial Kingsley family, most of them moved to Haiti. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Schafer has written several other books including one about Zephaniah which I’m reading as well.


This should have been boring, but madgigie some reason I stuck with it and enjoyed it! Retrieved 27 September Anna, however, lived with Kingsley in his house.

The book showcases the complex nature of US slavery–a clash of cultures led to Africans in America sometimes being slaveowners themselves. The family moved to Haiti. The court honored a treaty between the United States and Spain, and Anna was successful in the court case, despite a political climate hostile toward blacks. Jian rated it really madglgine it Feb 27, Zephaniah Kingsley described Mayorasgo De Koka as “heavily timbered with mahogany all round; well watered; flowers so beautiful; fruits in abundance, so delicious that you could not refrain from stopping to eat How does a woman who was once a slave bring herself to then own slaves?

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. Voices from Mariel Featured Book.

Anna Kingsley

She could not return to Fort George Island–that plantation had been sold years before. Queering the Redneck Riviera. Schafer brings the time period of Anna’s life, and the Northeast Florida region to life through the story of Anna Kingsley in his book. She burned Kingsley’s plantation to the ground while the Spanish watched. As a young man, he owned a slave ship. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley died in Petersburg and the Florida Dream, — Kingsley freed Anna inwhen she turned 18, and gave her responsibilities for his plantations in East Florida. Kingsley was kidnapped the same year and kingslsy until he endorsed the Patriot Rebellionan insurgency by Americans to annex Florida to the United States.