A Tribe That Refused To Be Captured Into Enslavement

Kru People
A Tribe That Refused To Be Captured Into Enslavement 

The Kru people inhabit a homeland in coastal southeastern Liberia and neighboring Cote d`Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The Kru are a tribe known for sailing. Some Kru have also migrated to the neighboring Sierra Leone to work as fishermen and dockworkers.

The Kru along with the Grebo resisted Maryland settlers’ efforts to control their trade. They were also infamous amongst early European enslavers as being especially averse to capture.

Their reputation was such that their value as enslaved people was less than that of other African peoples, because they would so frequently attempt to escape or to take their own lives upon being captured. Although they lived along the coast, the Krus refused to take part in Trans-Atlantic enslavement trade and they fought viciously against slave traders who made attempts to capture a Kru.

The Kru engaged in trade, migrant labor, and seafaring. They established fishing and migrant worker settlements along the coast as far east as Cameroon and as far west as Freetown and Cape Verde. Their skill with canoes in the treacherous surf waters was already world renowned by the 1700s, when they served on British merchant and war ships, and even established small settlements in Liverpool and in the Americas.

A Kru woman with "shield" finger-rings and hair ornaments. (1906)  Photo by: Johnston, Harry Hamilton, Sir, 1858-1927

A Kru woman with “shield” finger-rings and hair ornaments. (1906)
Photo by: Johnston, Harry Hamilton, Sir, 1858-1927

Kru Woman 1910

Kru Woman 1910

Kru Woman 1910

Kru Woman 1910




Sources:
http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2013/02/kru-people-africas-sailor-tribe-that.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kru_people



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