FLOR500, Garden 170 Zephaniah Kingsley Jr., Slave Trader and Plantation Owner (1765–1843) Zephaniah Kingsley was born in Bristol, England. He moved to Spanish St. Augustine in 1803 and became a slave trader and later grew wealthy as a plantation owner. He was a polygamist, with four different wives. His first wife, Anna Jai Kingsley, was his slave and after he granted her freedom, she ran his plantation. When Florida became part of the United States, Zephaniah argued for a more lenient form of slavery in which slaves could buy their freedom, as well as the preservation of the status of free blacks. As the United States implemented extreme restrictions against free blacks, Zephaniah moved his multiracial family to Haiti.
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Zephaniah Kingsley Jr., Slave Trader and Plantation Owner 

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Zephaniah Kingsley Jr., Slave Trader and Plantation Owner

(1765–1843)

Zephaniah Kingsley was born in Bristol, England. He moved to Spanish St. Augustine in 1803 and became a slave trader and later grew wealthy as a plantation owner. He was a polygamist, with four different wives. His first wife, Anna Jai Kingsley, was his slave and after he granted her freedom, she ran his plantation. When Florida became part of the United States, Zephaniah argued for a more lenient form of slavery in which slaves could buy their freedom, as well as the preservation of the status of free blacks. As the United States implemented extreme restrictions against free blacks, Zephaniah moved his multiracial family to Haiti.





 




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