By David Meyler, Peter Meyler

ISBN-10: 1554880580

ISBN-13: 9781554880584

ISBN-10: 1896219551

ISBN-13: 9781896219554

Richard Pierpoint or Captain Dick, as he was once ordinarily recognized, emerges from the shadows of heritage in A Stolen lifestyles: trying to find Richard Pierpoint. An African warrior who was once captured at approximately age sixteen, Pierpoint lived his final years in exile. From his beginning in Bundu (now a part of Senegal) round 1744 till his loss of life in rural Ontario in 1837, Pierpoint’s lifestyles permits us to glimpse the task of an African enthusiastic about the various world’s nice occasions.

"We are indebted to the authors for respiring existence into this guy, who notwithstanding taken from his domestic early in his existence nonetheless was once in a position to make an important contribution to the early background of higher Canada. He fought, farmed and have become a huge to the Black group. We thanks for a superb tale of this frequently forgotten section of Canadian history."

— Wilma Morrison, Norval Johnson background Library, Niagara Falls

"Everybody is familiar with concerning the Underground Railroad and the good many Black souls who emigrated to Canada through this course, yet only a few humans understand the courageous Black women and men who positioned their lives at the line in defence of this country."

— Ivor Christopher, Re-enactor, Runchey’s corporation of colored Men

"A well-researched and hugely readable chronicle of Richard Pierpoint’s existence in Africa and North the USA — as a slave, a soldier, and as a pioneer in higher Canada’s barren region. … a very important contribution to Canadian Black history."

— Linda Brown-Kubisch, writer, Missouri

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By all means I reacommend industry, frugality 8c dispatch which will reacommend you to further bussiness. Your wages is three pounds ten sterling per month three slaves, priviledge 8c three % but of the cargo of slaves delivered at Boston, This is all you are to have . "7 The routine of life was the same on most slave ships, a result of trial and error to achieve the maximum profit with the minimum effort. The slaves were fed twice a day, brought up on deck in groups of ten around the mid morning and the late afternoon.

No longer were British soldiers and sailors around to spend their pay on local goods and services. The British government no longer needed the housing, food and equipment that had supplied their forces. Everyone, from farmers in the back country to ship builders in the port cities, was adversely affected. Pierpoint's master would have been hurt economically by the loss of this military commerce as well. With this loss and no longer a need for a personal servant for military duty, it may have been shortly after the end of the war that Richard was sold again.

A folk religion, blending various facets of different beliefs, developed since there was a mixture of various African nationalities in the northern colonies. Aspects of European beliefs, such as witchcraft, 4 4 A S T O L E N L I F E charms, evil spirits and ghosts which were familiar to Africans, were added to the blend. The addition of these convictions added validity, from the white colonists' perspective, to the religious practices of Africans and would help to nullify any criticism or harassment.

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