Thetwo princes of Calabar

Thehistory dates back in the year 1767. The two princes were the sons ofthe ruling family and they themselves were slave traders along thecoastal region of Africa. The two princes are Ancona Robin andEphraim Robin John[ CITATION Spa08 l 1033 ].In the year 1767,European took the two princes into captive across the coastal middlepassage and later released them to southeastern Nigeria, which wastheir homeland. From their story of capture and release, we learnthat they were able to escape because they knew how to write and readEnglish. This enabled them to negotiate for their freedom. They alsobelonged to elite social class of intermediaries and not like anyother slaves who were solve by African intermediaries.

Thehistory of the two princes gives us a clear understanding on howtrade started in the eighteenth century[ CITATION Spa08 l 1033 ].Thestory makes us understand how trading communities came into being inthe coastal region as well as the movement of goods in this region.The history as well makes us understand the modern Atlantic worldfrom the initial one that was dominated with slave trade and fightingfor freedom.

Didcolonial Americans live in a world of wonder as David Hall claimed?

Yes,they did as sometimes in the period of colonial world, and as aresult, it would leave someone wondering of total strange things thatdominated this world. Colonial Americans lived in a world dominatedby witchcrafts. At this era, the natural world was infused bysupernatural world, where the world was dominated with disasters,crop failure, and other natural calamities. One would wonder as inthe world witchcrafts were employed to make predictions about thefuture.

Thecolonial people also lived in a world of wonder as David Hall claimedbecause at this world one would be left wondering as witchcrafts hadability to do maleficium things. They were able to cause and healdisease and ability to cause harm to their enemies. One would alsocontinue to wonder, as most of the people who dominated this habitwere women. In addition, identifying these groups of people was noteasy but rather a process.

ColonialAmericans in the world of goods as T.H. Breen claimed

ColonialAmerican lived in a world of goods, as they were able to sell andacquire the goods they wanted[ CITATION Eli06 l 1033 ].There wereagricultural goods that they would take advantage over. They alsolived in a world where they would find free labor from slaves to helpthem in the plantations. They were able to spend less in terms ofcost but gained more.

Comparingand contrasting New England and Chesapeake social believe, andeconomic


Bothregions were colonial regions of European nations.

Thetwo colonial regions were colonized with colonial governments withsame court structures.

Thetwo regions were surrounded with agricultural farms.


Whilein New England most of the people attracted were whites in Chesapeakethe people attracted there were blacks.

Whilereligion believe was of primary importance to New England it was ofsecond importance to Chesapeake[ CITATION Eli06 l 1033 ].In England taxpayers paid to support thechurch no matter whether they were Anglicans or not but in Chesapeakeit was not the case. Hence, while New England they had a freedom ofworship in Chesapeake they suffered from freedom of worship.


WhileChesapeake was, a region surrounded with large plantations NewEngland was a region surrounded by small farms. Chesapeake plantedtobacco in large quantities that they would ship to England. WhileChesapeake region allowed its slaves who had finished their termssome small amount of money to make them rich New England region didnot do the same.


Cobbs-Hoffman,E. (2006). MajorProblems in American History, Vol 1.Houghton: Houghton Mifflin 2 edition.

Sparks,R. J. (2008). Thetwo princes of Calabar: An eighteenth-century Atlantic odyssey.Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press

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