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34 Granville Sharp to William Wilberforce, June 4, 1795, William Wilberforce Papers, Duke University Library. 35 See examinations of Bowers; George Parker and Robert Ellis, December 14, 1793; James Fuller, December 17, 1793; and the balance sheet dated May 25, 1795, in papers of Juno (1793), JHCVA Papers, JA. , William and Benjamin Hammet Papers, Duke University Library. 3 The Roots of Early Black Nationalism Northern African Americans’ Invocations of Haiti in the Early Nineteenth Century Sara C.

35 Newport Bowers’s tragic death in a Jamaican prison stands as a sobering reminder that, even on the seas, black life in the eighteenth century remained 36 • Scott severely circumscribed by the politics of slavery and colonialism in the New World. Nevertheless, the related stories of Tom King, Olaudah Equiano, and Newport Bowers, living and working in distant areas of Afro-Â�America, merit serious consideration for a number of reasons. First, the attraction of Saint-Â� Domingue for Bowers, Bridgewater, Nicholás Manuel, Michael Brown, and countless other mobile blacks in the 1790s reflects the region-Â�wide impact which the Haitian Revolution exerted from the Chesapeake Bay to the Bay of All Saints.

Not only was Newport a precursor of the Haitian emigration movement which began in the 1820s; his trip to Saint-Â�Domingue casts new light upon the background of another black traveller, Denmark Vesey, who, like Bowers, visited Saint-Â�Domingue and other territories aboard a trading vessel in the late eighteenth century. Later, Vesey’s circum-Â�Caribbean experience and outlook proved central in shaping his revolutionary program. Vesey and his lieutenants in Charleston followed events in independent Haiti, passing newspaper articles from hand to hand.

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