South Carolina Runaway Slaves 1730-1790
Number of runaway slaves: 2,424
African origins specified: 508
TOP 3 BREAKDOWN OF AFRICAN BORN SLAVES
“Angola” (mostly Bakongo) 149 – 29% of African specified
“Gambia” (incl. Mali/Senegal) 61 – 12% of African specified
“Ebo” (Igbo & related ethnic groups) 49 – 10% of African specified
Above summaries are based on the HIGHLY interesting collection of runaway slave advertisements published in American newspapers in the 1700’s: “Runaway Slave Advertisements : a Documentary History from the 1730’s to 1790, Volume 3, South Carolina”. This very extensive work was put together by Lathan Windley in 1983 and has been used by many historians ever since. Besides ethnic/regional origins you can discover many more fascinating details about these advertised runaway slaves if you read the texts closely. The advertisements can be consulted online (after registration) via this great website: The African American Experience.