This chapter begins by discussing the outbound passage from Newport to Sierra Leone, with special attention paid to eighteenth-century navigation techniques. After discussing the Hare’s brief stop at Cape Verde, it examines the Godfrey’s initial activities in Sierra Leone, which included a visit to Bance (a.k.a. Bunce) Island, the main slave trading fort. Bance Island was owned by Scottish merchants based in London. In addition to the main fort in the Sierra Leone River, Bance Island operated a number of smaller trading establishments within about 100-mile radius. Godfrey visited to obtain information about the market. Soon afterward, Godfrey was attacked by a leopard, but escaped with only minor injuries. He also clashed with several of his crew, coming to blows with one of them. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the system of institutionalized violence that structured slave trading on the Upper Guinea Coast. Godfrey participated in this system, agreeing to execute an African trader on the deck of his ship.
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