A Journal, Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce, of Hartford Conn

James Riley, Master: Upon the Western Coast of Africa, August, 28th, 1815: Also, of the Slavery and Sufferings of the Author and the Rest of the Crew, Upon the Desert of Zahara, in the Years of 1815, 1816, 1817; with Accounts of the Manners, Customs, and Habits of the Wandering Arabs; Also a Brief Historical and Geographical View of the Continent of Africa

Author: Archibald Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Commerce (Brig.)

Page: 275

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A Journal Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce

Author: Archibald Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781438534763

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 188

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The Commerce was a Connecticut-based American merchant sailing ship that ran aground in 1815 at Cape Bojador, off the coast of what is now Western Sahara. This is the story of one of the crew who survived the shipwreck and who went on to become a slave in one of the local tribes who captured them. Captain James Riley and crew were attacked and ransacked on shore by Sahrawi natives. The crew escaped by rowboat but when their supplies ran low they again went to shore. They were taken captive by nomads of the Oulad Bou Sbaa tribe. They spent months dehydrated, starved and suffering brutality. This is an account of that time.

A journal comprising an account of the loss of the brig Commerce, of Hartford, (Con.) James Riley, master, upon the western coast of Africa, August 28th, 1815

also of the slavery and sufferings of the author and the rest of the crew, upon the desert of Zahara, in the years 1815, 1816, 1817; with accounts of the manners, customs, and habits of the wandering Arabs; also, a brief historical and geographical view of the continent of Africa

Author: Archibald Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sahara

Page: 275

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A Journal, Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce, of Hartford, James Riley, Master, Upon the Western Coast of Africa, August 2

Author: Archibald Robbins

Publisher: Hardpress Publishing

ISBN: 9781290199780

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Page: 290

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The View from the Masthead

Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives

Author: Hester Blum

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606550

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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With long, solitary periods at sea, far from literary and cultural centers, sailors comprise a remarkable population of readers and writers. Although their contributions have been little recognized in literary history, seamen were important figures in the nineteenth-century American literary sphere. In the first book to explore their unique contribution to literary culture, Hester Blum examines the first-person narratives of working sailors, from little-known sea tales to more famous works by Herman Melville, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, and Richard Henry Dana. In their narratives, sailors wrote about how their working lives coexisted with--indeed, mutually drove--their imaginative lives. Even at leisure, they were always on the job site. Blum analyzes seamen's libraries, Barbary captivity narratives, naval memoirs, writings about the Galapagos Islands, Melville's sea vision, and the crisis of death and burial at sea. She argues that the extent of sailors' literacy and the range of their reading were unusual for a laboring class, belying the popular image of Jack Tar as merely a swaggering, profane, or marginal figure. As Blum demonstrates, seamen's narratives propose a method for aligning labor and contemplation that has broader applications for the study of American literature and history.

White Slaves, African Masters

An Anthology of American Barbary Captivity Narratives

Author: Paul Baepler

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226034041

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 310

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Contains primary source material.

Liberty's Captives

Narratives of Confinement in the Print Culture of the Early Republic : the Jefferson City Editorial Project

Author: Daniel E. Williams,Christina Riley Brown

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820328006

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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An astonishing variety of captivity narratives emerged in the fifty years following the American Revolution; however, discussions about them have usually focused on accounts of Native American captivities. To most readers, then, captivity narratives are synonymous with "godless savages," the vast frontier, and the trials of kidnapped settlers. This anthology, the first to bring together various types of captivity narratives in a comparative way, broadens our view of the form as it shows how the captivity narrative, in the nation-building years from 1770 to 1820, helped to shape national debates about American liberty and self-determination. Included here are accounts by Indian captives, but also prisoners of war, slaves, victims of pirates and Barbary corsairs, impressed sailors, and shipwreck survivors. The volume's seventeen selections have been culled from hundreds of such texts, edited according to scholarly standards, and reproduced with the highest possible degree of fidelity to the originals. Some selections are fictional or borrow heavily from other, true narratives; all are sensational. Immensely popular with American readers, they were also a lucrative commodity that helped to catalyze the explosion of print culture in the early Republic. As Americans began to personalize the rhetoric of their recent revolution, captivity narratives textually enacted graphic scenes of defiance toward deprivation, confinement, and coercion. At a critical point in American history they helped make the ideals of nationhood real to common citizens.

Accounts of the Wreck of the Commerce

Two Narratives of Shipwreck, Capture and Slavery by Arabs of American Seamen, 1815

Author: James Riley,Archibald Robbins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780857067197

Category: History

Page: 568

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An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig "Commerce" by James Riley A Journal, Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig "Commerce," of Hartford, (Con.) James Riley, Master by Archibald Robbins A great American naval adventure of the early nineteenth century The year 1815 was a momentous one. On the muddy slopes of Waterloo in Belgium Napoleon, who had set Europe ablaze for two decades, was brought to ruin. Across the Atlantic the United States of America had concluded its war with Britain having ended the conflict with a famous victory at New Orleans. Meanwhile in the eastern Atlantic an American merchant vessel and its crew underwent a drama which, although it was not significant to the world at large, would mean catastrophe, slavery and death for some of them. The brig Commerce out of Connecticut was sailing between Gibraltar and the Cape Verde Islands on a trading voyage when she ran aground on Cape Bojador off the coast of the Western Sahara desert. The ship and crew were attacked by local tribesmen of the Sahrawi. One man was killed and the rest of the crew, after terrible ordeals, were captured by Bedouin tribesmen. They suffered constant brutality at the hands of their captors as they were force marched through the desolate landscape and suffered dehydration and starvation before their eventual liberation. This Leonaur edition contains two accounts by crew members including one by the ship's master, James Riley. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States cited Riley's book as one as the most significant and inspirational books he read as a youth. Indeed, Riley's account was a phenomenal bestseller in America at the time of its first publication selling over 1,000,000 copies. The second account here is by Archibald Robbins and is included to give readers a perspective on the incident from by one of the ship's able seamen. Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.

Captives and Countrymen

Barbary Slavery and the American Public, 1785–1816

Author: Lawrence A. Peskin

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801891396

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 8974

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the Barbary States captured and held for ransom nearly five hundred American sailors. The attacks on Americans abroad—and the government’s apparent inability to control the situation—deeply scarred the public. Captives and Countrymen examines the effect of these acts on early national culture and on the new republic's conception of itself and its position in the world. Lawrence A. Peskin uses newspaper and other contemporaneous accounts—including recently unearthed letters from some of the captive Americans—to show how information about the North African piracy traveled throughout the early republic. His dramatic account reveals early concepts of national identity, party politics, and the use of military power, including the lingering impact of the Barbary Wars on the national consciousness, the effects of white slavery in North Africa on the American abolitionist movement, and the debate over founding a national navy. This first systematic study of how the United States responded to "Barbary Captivity" shows how public reaction to international events shaped America domestically and its evolving place in the world during the early nineteenth century.

Analectic Magazine

Comprising Original Reviews, Biography, Analytical Abstracts of New Publications, Translations from French Journals, and Selections from the Most Esteemed British Review

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The Literary Panorama, and National Register

A Review of Books, Register of Events, Magazine of Varieties: Comprising Interesting Intelligence from the Various Districts of the United Kingdom; the British Connexions in America, Africa, the East Indies, the West Indies, Western Asia &c. and from All Parts of the World ...

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The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama

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Category: England

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