Mussa Molo Baldeh of Fuladu: Memories of a Senegambian Slave Descendant and Slaver
Posted: 16 Apr 2013
Date Written: April 16, 2013
In the historiography of the Senegambia, Mussa Moloh Baldeh of Fuladu is one of those late nineteenth century rulers who negotiated with the colonizers instead of resisting their intrusion. Both in Senegal and The Gambia this cost him the rank of national hero. His figure continues to ignite heated debates also at the local level, where he stands as a symbol of both liberation and violent enslavement. This paper looks at Mussa’s life from two different angles, that of the slave descendant (as he most probably was) and that of the slaver on trial for slave-holding and slave-dealing in front of a colonial court. There is abundance of oral and written evidence on his life trajectory, which I shall question to unearth the ordinary dimensions of Mussa’s extraordinary experience.
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