So many ran to freedom that the US government had to build a lighthouse in Cape Florida in 1825.
See, the Bahamas were a regular stop in the Atlantic. Plus, shipwrecked US vessels also ended up there.
“Now we can handle this like gentlemen, or we can get into some Gangsta shit.”
Despite what history whitewashers would have you believe about that freedom@and liberty bullshit, we were one of the last countries in North America to abolish the practice
Then, in 1840, the Hermosa, a US slave ship headed from Richmond going to New Orleans, wrecked in Abaco.
Enslaved Africans on plantations started hearing about that shit, too!
(Yes, shit’s about to get good)
In 1840, a black man named Madison Washington escaped slavery and made it to Canada. But Madison decided to return for his wife. (Of course he got caught) he was taken to Va, put on a ship and shipped to La.
Y’all know shit was about to pop off.
They killed one of the slave traders immediately (you gotta show muhfuckas you mean business). The wypipo didn’t even get a chance to fire their lil’ gun
“Y’all got some Africa gas money?” Plus, without Google Maps, they’d probably have to print out directions from Mapquest and the ship’s printer was out of ink or something
*Not a literal translation
The captain tells the soldiers that the people were his property but the Bahamians attorney general was like: “y’all can go. You’re free now.”
And the Bahamian attorney general was like: “Y’all straight. Just go look outside.”
The slave ship was surrounded by a “fleet” of tiny little boats manned by local Bahamians ready to take the revolters to freedom.
They would be free forever.
“How you gon’ charge them with pirating their own bodies? GTFOHWTBS Cased dismissed!”
*again, not a literal translation
In a hurricane.
All told, 128 enslaved Africans aboard the Creole were freed
But this is the story of Abaco, The Bahamas and what is called:
The most successful slave revolt in US history