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Again, the settlers’ resolve was reinforced with the arrival on August 8, 1822 of about thirty-six new emigrants aboard the vessel, the Strong. 25 Despite these accomplishments, the settlers still faced many impending problems. In fact, the settlers, who numbered about sixty-five, were attacked on November 11, 1822 by about 800 local Africans under the leadership of King Peter and eight other semi-Westernized and selfproclaimed African leaders of the region. Ashmun described the defeat in these terms: Imagination can scarcely figure to itself a throng of human beings in more capital state of exposure to the destructive power of the machinery of modern warfare!
Hayti trading in the footsteps of her sister republicks, shall . . 64 24 African American Settlements in West Africa Indeed, Russwurm’s vindication of the means employed by L’Ouverture and his people in their war for independence was nearly similar to the declaration that a superior force was occasionally needed to countermine oppression that was stressed by such future Black Nationalists and Pan-Africanists as Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, and Malcolm X. He told his audience at Bowdoin College in 1826 that the Haitians failed to reckon with the French because the latter treated them likes brutes.
The chief, a brother of King Yaradee of Solimas, a place located in the area that became part of Sierra Leone, is said to have been captured, undressed, chained, and put on a slave vessel that was destined for America. The chief ’s ordeals had been published in the African Repository, the official newspaper of the American Colonization Society. The song also glorified Africa, thus: All hail to the Chief from Old Africa’s shore; Whose forty year’s bondage has had to be deplored; He does us the honour to come to our mess; We greet him with welcome, and wish him with success.
African American Settlements in West Africa: John Brown Russwurm and the American Civilizing Efforts by Amos J. Beyan (auth.)