By David Meyler, Peter Meyler
Richard Pierpoint or Captain Dick, as he used to be generally identified, emerges from the shadows of historical past in A Stolen existence: looking for Richard Pierpoint. An African warrior who used to be captured at approximately age sixteen, Pierpoint lived his last years in exile. From his beginning in Bundu (now a part of Senegal) round 1744 until eventually his dying in rural Ontario in 1837, Pierpoint’s lifestyles permits us to glimpse the job of an African concerned with a few of the world’s nice occasions.
"We are indebted to the authors for respiring existence into this guy, who notwithstanding taken from his domestic early in his existence nonetheless was once in a position to make an important contribution to the early historical past of higher Canada. He fought, farmed and have become an incredible to the Black neighborhood. We thanks for an excellent tale of this frequently forgotten phase of Canadian history."
— Wilma Morrison, Norval Johnson historical past Library, Niagara Falls
"Everybody understands in regards to the Underground Railroad and the good many Black souls who emigrated to Canada through this path, yet only a few humans be aware of the courageous Black women and men who positioned their lives at the line in defence of this country."
— Ivor Christopher, Re-enactor, Runchey’s corporation of colored Men
"A well-researched and hugely readable chronicle of Richard Pierpoint’s existence in Africa and North the US — as a slave, a soldier, and as a pioneer in higher Canada’s desert. … a very important contribution to Canadian Black history."
— Linda Brown-Kubisch, writer, Missouri
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Reverend John Sharpe, a military chaplain in New York described the prevailing white attitude in a 1713 publication: ".. the Negroes were much discouraged from embracing the Christian religion upon account of the very little regard showed them in any religious respect. 8 Africans did not readily try to adopt Christianity. The version practised in the northern colonies was very staid and bookoriented, while Africans were much more attuned to experiential religious practices. When slaveowners did teach any Christianity to their slaves, they generally used Bible passages that confirmed the validity of slavery.
Such punishments could include the sale of the slave or the cutting off of fingers. People of the same ethnic group would be separated to prevent any "secret" talk, but it is likely that newly-arrived Africans would seek out and make contact with fellow countrymen. A favourite meeting place was at the Sabbath day markets. At a central location, the women would continue their traditional marketing practices and bring goods and produce such as corn and apples to trade and sell. In addition to the economic benefits, the other important function of these markets was the chance to socialize.
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