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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, General Research and Reference Division

Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston, Liberia , vol. I (London: Hutchinson & Co., 1906)

Muslims

Muslims were reputed to protect their own and redeem them when captured. They strongly opposed the enslavement of Muslims by Christians.

In a 1789 letter to the governor of Saint Louis, Abdel Kader Kane, who was the ruler of Futa Toro on the Senegal River, threatened any Frenchman who captured Muslims:

"We are warning you that all those who come to our land to trade [in slaves] will be killed or massacred if you do not send our children back. Would not somebody who was very hungry abstain from eating if he had to eat something cooked with his blood? We absolutely do not want you to buy Muslims under any circumstances. I repeat that if your intention is to buy Muslims you should stay home and not come to our country anymore. Because all those who come can be assured that they will lose their life."

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