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Number: 388
Continent: Africa
Region: West
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Year of Origin: 1816
Title: A Map of Part of Africa, drawn from the latest authorities to illustrate the narrative of Captain James Riley
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Language: English
Publish Origin: New York
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Cartographer: James Riley
John H Eddy
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Notes: book 244 Riley 'Loss of the American Brig Commerce, Wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Month of August, 1815. With An Account of Tombuctoo, and of the Hithertoo Undiscovered Great City of Wassanah'; First English edition. - The ship grounded near Cape Bojador on August 28, 1815. The crew reached shore but were forced back to the wreck. They repaired the boat and landed again near Cape Barba; they were captured and enslaved by Moors. Riley was ransomed by the British consul in Mogadore. This was one of the most popular books of the 19th century in the United States, probably because of interest in the Arab countries during the wars with the Barbary States, and because of its interesting reverse view of slavery - Moors were considered Blacks, and in this narrative they were the owners of white Americans.
Last updated: Feb 4, 2008