Lost Slave Narrative The trans-Atlantic slave trade was one of the major coerced movement before the nineteenth century, which was set to re- peopling America after the fall of the Amerindian population. During the late 15th century a formidable barrier was set on the Atlantic Ocean hindering the interaction between the four continents. With the decline of the Amerindian population in America cheap labor from African slaves became the core aim of exploration. The contract between the African and Europeans was most important to source slaves from Africa for labor. The international court situated in Sierra Leone banned the slave trade and directed that ships and vessels sailing slaves be intercepted and redirected to Sierra Leone. Following the trans-Atlantic slave trade ban, the British navy captured some vessels and ships which were carrying African slaves. Sierra Leone ( was known for its largest slave trade port) is located on the coast of West Africa facing the Atlantic Ocean. Sierra Leone was colonized by British abolitionist in 1787. In 1808, the British government abolished the slave trade and the British Committee decided to create a town in Africa for freed slaves by colonizing. Although some people resisted the British influence, many saw this colonization as an opportunity for a better life. The British settlers landed in Sierra Leone and named the port city Freetown, which is still the capital of Sierra Leone today. The freed slaves were known as ‘recaptives’ captured from slave ships or groups who returned from North America settled in Sierra Leone In the year 1839, an international court which was located in Sierra Leone Freetown succeeded in liberating a 28-year-old male Aasema Desimah, of West Africa. Aasema Desimah, was from the Yoruba language group of West Africa. His name contributed once in the slave voyages website and his possible modern counterpart was Desemo. His voyage identification card number was 2637 while his African identification number was 50864. Aasema Desimah was sailing on a slaving Sete De Avril (a) Mary Crushing vessel with a flag of Spain. On board with Aasema Desimah were another 415 African slaves from West Africa, mostly male of the Yoruba language group and different ages. The vessel departed from the port of Lagos, but was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean and redirected to Freetown, Sierra Leone. In this interception, Aasema Desimah was rescued and dropped at Freetown. The captain of the vessel, Manoel Marinho, did not succeed in his mission as he was commanded to move the vessel to Sierra Leone. Aasema Desimah among other slaves who were on board to bondage in America were rescued. Yoruba is one of the largest ethnic group in Africa. It is located in the west part of Africa, within Nigeria. During the slavery, Yoruba territory was known as the slave coast. According to Yoruba people, believe they were descended from a single ancestor named Oduduwa, and also believe that Oduduwa was the creator of this earth and there were sixteen deities – spirits with a reflection of Gods – who followed him to the earth and created human beings. Yoruba religion mostly were Christians, Muslims and traditional followers of deities (Everyculture). In Yoruba Culture, greetings with a smile is a part of the daily routine (Tigweb). Yorubas greet their elders with a lot of respect.Yoruba language belongs to Kwa Group of the Niger-Congo Language Family. During the four centuries of the slave trade, Uncounted numbers of Yoruba were carried to the Americas.
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