Nancy gardner prince her travels to jamaica in 1840
NANCY GARDNERPRINCEHer Travels to Jamaica in 1840
NANCY GARDNER PRINCE• Born– 1799• Died ? [but has been put at 1883]• Born in Newburyport Massachusetts into a family of free black American and native American heritage• 1807-13 Works as maidservant/in domestic service under harsh conditions and becomes physically frail.• 1817 Baptized by Rev. Thomas Paul, Boston Black community leader and founder of the first independent African American Church in the North.
NANCY GARDNER PRINCE1824 marries Nero Prince, second Grand master ofPrince Hall Grand Lodge of Freemasons 1807-09 also • .had seafaring connections; they travel to Russiawhere he is a guard at the imperial court underAlexander I then Nicolas I.1824 Narrowly escapes death during great flood inSt Petersburg1825 Witnesses the Decembrist Revolt – attempt bymilitary and noblemen to assume power after deathof Alexander I.
NANCY GARDNER PRINCE• 1833 Returns to the United States – Nero Prince dies• 1839-40 Lectures on Russia/Observes conditions in post-emancipation Jamaica• 1841 Returns to the United States to raise funds for a free labor school / publishes The West Indies- a pamphlet• 1842 Returns to Jamaica• 1850 publishes A narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince
Women Writer-travellers’ - Motivations For Travel 100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 36% 31% 30% 20% 17% 10% 7% 10% 0% Holiday Spouse Work Adventure Exile*Nancy Prince classed as an adventurer.From Plural Perspectives: Women Writer-travellers in nineteenth-centuryCentral America and the Caribbean
Women Writer-travellers Total ‘Type’ Of Text100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 31% 30% 21% 19% 19% 19% 20% 12% 10% 0% Auth. Private Letters Travel Gds. Creative Memoir Account Circ. Writing *From Plural Perspectives: Women Writer-travellers in nineteenth-century Central America and the Caribbean
ADVERTISEMENTREQUESTINGFUNDS ‘As soon as I was able I commenced my task of collecting funds for my free labor school in Jamaica’.C. Fish, Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives, AntebellumExplorations (Florida, 2004),