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The Voyage of the Slave Ship HareA Journey into Captivity from Sierra Leone to South Carolina$
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Sean M. Kelley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627687

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627687.001.0001

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The Sale

The Sale

(p.121) Chapter Six The Sale
The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare

Sean M. Kelley

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter centers on the Hare’s arrival at Charles Town, South Carolina and the sale of the captives in March 1755. It begins with a description of the colony and town, emphasizing the economic importance of rice and indigo planting. The captives were consigned to Gabriel Manigault, a prominent Charles Town merchant. Manigault, assisted by his nephew William Banbury, sold the captives using a method known as the ‘scramble,’ in which buyers physically seized the captives they wished to purchase. Not all of the captives were sold in this way, so the sale continued for two more days, concluding with an auction of the less-marketable ‘refuse slaves.’ The chapter then examines the 26 buyers of the Hare captives and reveals that they were a diverse group of rice and indigo planters, urban professionals, and artisans.

Keywords:   South Carolina, Low Country, Rice plantations, Indigo plantations, Urban slavery, Slaveholders, Merchants, Slave sales, Scramble, Charles Town/Charleston

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