General Intelligence: Slave Factory Destroyed

National Anti-Slavery Standard was established in 1840 by the husband and wife team of Lydia and David Child, who both were affirmed abolitionists as well as recognized successful writers. Using the motto “Without Concealment–Without Compromise” the Standard sought to extend the rights of slaves across the country.

This report was published on March 18, 1841: Late from Liberia. The News of the breaking up of sundry slave factories on the coast, by British cruisers, is confirmed. Some particulars will be found below.

Slave Factory Destroyed

Monrovia, Dec. 4. — We have the pleasing intelligence to communicate to our readers, of the seizure of the buildings and property of that notorious slave mart at Gallenas, which for years has been carrying on a horrible traffic in humanbeings. The particulars of the affair we have from the lips of the master of an American brig now in our roadstead, who was at Gallenas at the time, on shore himself, and thus became acquained with the whole transaction.

It appears that a preconcerted plan of arrangements had been entered into between the commanders of the H. B. M. armed vessels, the Wanderer, the Saracen, and the Rolla. On a certain day, as if accidentally, they all dropped anchor one after the other off Gallenas bar, and began to man their boats for an attack on the establishment on shore. The Rolla, fearing she should not arrive in time, had early in the day sent her quota of men and boats to join the Wanderer, so that although she did not get to anchor until three or four P. M., her boats all manned, prepared with the others for the attack. As soon as all things were ready, 11 boats carrving 120 men, well armed, pushed off from the sides of the Wanderer and the Saracen, and steared directly for the bar, passing through which, they entered the river and began to near the field of action.

It appears that Don Pedro Blanco’s establishment is situated on a handsome little island, a short distance up the river, and so surrounded by trees, as to prevent their seeing very distinctly the approach of any boats, unless from a kind of observatory which on this occasion was not occupied. — Lieut. Denham, who took the command of the expedition, proceeded therefore unobserved, until at last the alarm was given, and the fears of Spaniards were aroused. At first, however, they supposed it was only a party of pleasure designing to pull about the river and then return on board. — But soon the nearing of the boats directly towards the factories, told the whole tale. In a moment all was affright and consternation. Not the least resistance was offered — not a musket fired. The slavers had just time enough, and but that, to secure their papers, and taking the slaves they hud on hand, made their escape to the bush, where they remained concealed. The British officers and men landed, took possession of the establishment, destroyed a quantity of property, but had not burned the buildings when Captan – left. It was supposed they would pursue them, and leave a small force to occupy the premises.

West African Slave Factory / Compound

West African Slave Factory / Compound


Publication: National Anti-Slavery Standard
Date: March 18, 1841
Title: General Intelligence

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