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A Narrative Of The Life And Adventures Of Venture

Auhtor: Venture Smith

Language: english
Published: 1798

Genres:

biography,  african american studies
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Review by Dr. Bojan Tunguz, June 2010


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Narrative Of The Life And Adventures Of Venture':

A Narrative Of The Life And Adventures Of Venture by Venture Smith. A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture a Native of Africa but Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America Related by Himself was written in 1798. Venture came to the United States as a slave when he was eight years old. His narrative begins I was born at Dukandarra in Guinea about the year 1729. My father s name was Saungm Furro Prince of the Tribe of Dukandarra. My father had three wives. Polygamy was not uncommon in that country especially among the rich as every man was allowed to keep as many wives as he could maintain. By his first wife he had three children. The eldest of them was myself named by my father Broteer. The other two were named Cundazo and Soozaduka. My father had two children by his second wife and one by his third. I descended from a very large tall and stout race of beings much larger than the generality of people in other parts of the globe being commonly considerably above six feet in height and in every way well proportioned.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Narrative Of The Life And Adventures Of Venture':


... to see the efforts of a great mind wholly uncultivated, enfeebled and depressed by slavery, and struggling under every disadvantage. The reader ...
... which grew spontaneously in that climate. These served us for food on the way. At night we all lay down together in the most secure place we could find, ...
... until we arrived safe home. I found then that the difference between my parents had been made up previous to their sending for me. On my return, I was ...
... out of his dominions, and would invade the territory and deprive his people of their liberties and rights, if he did not comply with the following ...
... the tall thick reeds not far off, and left the old king to fight alone. For some time, I beheld him from the reeds defending himself with great courage ...
... the people. The distance they had now brought me was about four hundred miles. All the march I had very hard tasks imposed on me, which I must perform ...
... mate Thomas Mumford. While we were going to the vessel, our master told us all to appear to the best possible advantage for sale. I was bought on board ...
... at my master's own place, I was pretty much employed in the house at carding wool and other household business. In this situation I continued for ...
... went to the water side. We stole our master's boat, embarked, then directed our course for the Mississippi river. We mutually confederated not to ...
... island after fresh water, while our two comrades were left at a little distance from the boat, employed at cooking. When Heddy and I had sought some ...
... me again, and then complain. I consented to do accordingly. But before I set out for my master's, up he come and his brother Robert after me. The Justice ...
... here, and I am willing to cross them to return. For a day or two after this not any one said much to me, until one Hempsted Miner, of Stonington, ...
... he did no keep me himself. Mr Edwards told me that he should be very willing to keep me himself, and that he would never let me go from him to live, ...
... land with the greatest diligence and economy, at times when my master did not require my labor, in two years I laid up ten pounds. This my friend tendered ...
... at Long-Island. For the first four years of my residence there, I spent my time in working for various people on that and at the neighboring islands. ...
... of Col. Smith. After being seven months, the vessel returned, laden with four hundred barrels of oil. About this time, I became possessed of another ...
... fellow creatures. I answered him that it would be hard thus to treat our honest fellow creatures. He then told me that if I would let him off my shoulders, ...
... vessels, not less than twenty. These I mostly employed in the fishing and trafficking business, and in these occupations I have been cheated out of considerable ...
... have many consolations Meg, the wife of my youth, whom I married for love, and bought with my money, is still alive. My freedom is a privilege which ...
... Lee : EuphorionProfessor David Vernon Williams is the deputy dean of the University of Auckland's Faculty of Law. He came from the Hawke's ...