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Louis Asa-Asa

Who was Louis Asa-Asa?

The only details of Louis Asa-Asa’s life that are historically known are held within the two pages of his slave narrative.  He was born into a family that resided in an area named Bycla, near a large town called Egie. His exact date of birth and death are unknown, but around the age of thirteen, Asa-Asa is captured and enslaved.  After being exchanged between numerous slaveholders, Asa-Asa is eventually brought to England on a slave ship named the Pearl.  He chooses to stay in England where he encounters Thomas Pringle, the publisher of The Narrative of Mary Prince.  Pringle claims that Asa-Asa was capable of reading and writing English well, but it is not clear if Asa-Asa wrote his own narrative or if it was dictated.  



The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave

This exhibit section is dedicated to the materials and history of Louis Asa-Asa.

Asa-Asa's narrative was originally published as an appendex to Mary Prince's narrative, "The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave. Related by Herself."