A Story of Reparation: Belinda, a slave in the Royall House, wrote a petition to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1783, requesting an income from the estate of her former owner, Isaac Royall. In her petition she recounted the story of her childhood in the "Rio de Valta" (Volta River), with its "mountains covered with spicy forests." Her account directs us to the Akosombo and Ho area in eastern Ghana, which provide the only tree-covered hills in the Volta region. This area is home to Ewe-speaking and Akan peoples. The pension awarded to Belinda might be regarded as one of the first cases of reparation for slavery and the slave trade. (booksense)
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