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Pricess Madia was one of the survivors of the slave bark ""Wildfire"". The ""Wildfire"" was sailing to Cuba when it was intercepted by anti-slave trade cruisers on its way back from Congo. Princess Madia together with hundreds of other Africans were eventually taken back to Africa, but to Liberia rather than the Congo River. No one knows whether Madia was a real African princess. She received this title from the crew members of the ""Wildfire"", who called her princess because of her dignified look which inspired deference from some of the other Africans sailing with her. The image is reproduced courtesy of Tracy W. McGregor Library of American History, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library. Permission required to reproduce.
Harper’s Weekly (June 2, 1860), p. 345.
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Voyage ID = 4362 - Wildfire, 1859