Advertisement for Sale of Slaves, Charleston, South Carolina, 1760

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"To be sold on board the ship Bance-Island . . . a choice cargo of about 250 fine healthy Negroes." Advertisement in the South Carolina Gazette by a prominent merchant firm and a leading importer of enslaved Africans in Charleston. The advertisement announces the forthcoming sale of Africans from the “Windward and Rice Coast,” and stresses they are free of smallpox, a common disease on the Atlantic crossing. The Library of Congress assigns a possible date "from the 1780s (?)", but the advertisement was, in fact, published on April 26, 1760. See Philip Hamer, ed., The Papers of Henry Laurens (Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1972), vol. 3, pp. 35-36. Thanks to Jack Rakove for his assistance.