Essay about Seafaring Slaves And Their Freedom

815 Words Oct 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Seafaring Slaves and Their Freedom Slaves have been the cornerstones of western civilization since the middle age. During the gory chapter of the Indo-Atlantic world, there were numerous stories of the seafaring slaves. Despite the uncultured savage background of all of these slaves, some of them played crucial parts in the global trading network at the time. In Chapter 5 of McDonald’s book Pirates, Merchants, Settlers and Slaves, the author Kevin McDonald depicted the accounts of several extremely skilled seafaring slaves, and how they managed to achieve freedom through their involvement in the global oceanic commodity trading. McDonald started the chapter with the account of Calico Jack, a “runaway slave” who “reveals a number of surprising facts of a global trade network”. (McDonald 99) Later he uses more case studies such as Thom Hicks, Marramitta the Cook, Nicholas Cartagena to further demonstrate the surprising roles these slaves played during the 1700s. The author argues that many of these slaves managed to redeem their freedom through various ways after years on the ships working for their master. Even though the Indo-Atlantic trade required significant amount of local knowledge and complex skills, Thom Hick, the slave, was the man Frederick Philipse trusted to deliver the secret information that the ships were ready. According to McDonald, “on multiple occasions, Hicks was entrusted with delivering Philipse’s Correspondence and the captain’s orders”. (McDonald…

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