It is essential to comprehend the seaport of Newport. It is important in order to recognize the Jewish share in the Slave commerce. There was a period when it was commonly referred to as ‘The Jewish Newport – World center of Slave Commerce’. Altogether, at this time, there were in North America six Jewish communities; Newport, Charleston, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Savannah.
There were also many other Jews, scattered over the entire East Coast. Although New York held first place in the settlers of Jews in North America, Newport held second place. New York was also the main source of Kosher meat, supplying the North American settlements, then the West Indies Islands and also South America. Now Newport took over!
Newport also became the great trade harbour of the East Coast of North America. There, vessels from other ports met, to exchange commodities. Newport, as previously mentioned, represented the foremost place in the commerce of Rum, Whiskey, and Liquor dealings. And to conclude, it finally became the Main Center of Slave dealings. It was from this port that the ships left on their way across the ocean, to gather their black human cargo and then derive great sums of money in exchange for them.
An authentic, contemporary report, based on authority, indicates that of 128 Slave ships, for instance, unloaded in Charleston, within one year, their “Cargo”, 120 of these were undersigned by Jews from Newport and Charleston by their own name. About the rest of them, one can surmise, although they were entered as Boston (1) Norfolk (2), and Baltimore (4), their real owners were similarly the Jewish slave dealers from Newport and Charleston.
One is able to assess the Jewish share in the entire dealings of the Newport, if one considers the undertaking of a lone Jew, the Portuguese, Aaron Lopez, who plays an important part in the over -all story of the Jews and Slavery.
Concerning the entire commerce of the Colonies, and the later State of Rhode Island, (which included Newport) bills of lading, concessions, receipts, and port clearances carried the signature name of the Jew Aaron Lopez. This all took place during the years 17Z6 to 1774. He had therefore more than 500/0 of all dealings under his personal control for almost fifty years. Aside from that there were other ships which he owned, but sailed under other names.
In the year 1749, the first Masonic Lodge was established. 90% of the members of this first lodge, fourteen all told, were Jews. And one knows that only so-called “prominent” individuals were accepted. Twenty years later, the second Masonic Lodge: “King David” was established. It is a fact that all of these
members were Jews.
In the meantime the Jewish influence in Newport had reached such proportions that President George Washington decided to pay them a visit. Upon his appearance both of the Masonic Lodges sent an emissary: a Jew named Moses Seixas, to approach the President with a petition, in which the Jews of Newport stated: “If you will permit the children of Abraham to approach you with a request, to tell you that we honor you, and feel an alliance …”, and then: “Until the present time the valuable rights of a free citizen have been withheld.
However, now, we see a new government corning into being based on the Majesty of the people, a government, not sanctioning any bigotry nor persecution of the Jew, rather, to concede the freedom of thought, which each shares, whatever Nation or Language, as a part of the great Government machine.”
It is necessary at this point to consider the disclosures as to who in reality obtained this legendary freedom in America at the founding of the Union. To be sure, the province became independent and severed from the English Jurisdiction. However, we can see from the petition which Moses Seixas offered President Washington in the name of the Jews of Newport, that it was not in reality this type of freedom which they had in mind. They were merely concerned about themselves, and their “own civil rights,” which had been withheld. Therefore, following the Revolutionary War, the Jews were accorded equal rights, and freed of all restrictions! And the Negroes? The Revolutionary War notwithstanding, they remained Slaves! In the year 1750 one sixth of the population in New York was Negroid, and proportionately in the Southern parts of the Country, they outnumbered the others, but the proclomation of Freedom did not touch them. More of this later.
Let us scrutinize at close range this dismal handwork of the Jews which gave them influence and power, so we may comprehend the Slave Trade; for there has been so much written since that time by the zealous Jewish writers, that at the present, long since removed, it might appear natural, for the time element has a tendency to make things nebulous.
Let us follow the journey of one ship, owned by a slave dealer, Aaron Lopez, which had made many trips to the African coast.
For instance, in the month of May, 1752, the ship “Abigail” was equipped with about 9,000 gallons of rum, a great supply of iron foot and hand restraints, pistols, powder, sabers, and a lot of worthless tin ornaments, and under the command of the Jewish Captain Freedman, sailed off for Africa. There were but two Mates and six sailors comprising the crew. Three and one half months later they landed on the African Coast. Meantime, there had been constructed an African Agency, by the Jewish slave dealers, who had corralled them, and prepared them for sale. This organization reaching deep into Africa, had many ramifications, including the heads of groups, villages, etc. This method to win
over these leaders for the Jewish slave trade, was similar to that which the Jews had employed with the Indians.
At first, they presented them with rum, and soon found themselves in an alcoholic delirium. When the gold dust, and ivory supply was exhausted, they were induced to sell their descendants. At first their wives, and then their youths. Then they began warfare among each other, plotted and developed mostly by the Jews, and if they captured prisoners, these, too, were exchanged for rum, ammunitions and weapons to the Jews, using them for further campaigns to capture more Negroes. The captured Blacks were linked two by two, and driven through the medieval forests to the coast. These painful treks required weeks, and some of them frequently became ill, and felled by exhaustion, and many unable to rise even though the bull whip was applied as an encourager. They were left to die and were devoured by wild beasts. It was not unusual to see the bones of the dead laying in the tropical sun, a sad and gruesome reminder to those who would later on tread this path.
It has been calculated, that for each Negro who withstood the rigors of this wandering, there still had to be the long voyage across the ocean, before they reached American soil. Nine out of ten died. And when one considers, that there was a yearly exodus of ONE MILLION black slaves, then, and only then, can one assess the tremendous, and extensive exodus of the African people. At present Africa is thinly populated, not alone due to the 1,000,000; literally dragged out of huts, but due to the five to nine million who never reached their destination.
Once they reached the coast, the black slaves were driven together, and restraints were applied, to hold them, until the next Transport ship docked. The agent — many of them Jews — who represented the Chief, then began the deal with the Captain. Each Negro was personally presented to him. But the Captains had learned to become suspicious. The Black one must move his fingers, arms, legs, and the entire body to insure that there were not any fractures. Even the teeth were examined. If a tooth was lacking, it lowered the price. Most of the Jew Agents knew how to treat sick Negroes with chemicals in order to sell them as sound. Each Negro was valued at about 100 gallons of rum, 100 pounds of gun powder, or in cash between 18 to 20 dollars.
The notations of a Captain inform us that on September 5th, 1763, one Negro brought as much as 200 gallons of rum, due to the bidding among the agents, raising the price.
Women under 25 years, pregnant or not, resulted in the same measure, if they were well, and comely. Any over 25 years lost 25%.
And here it should be stated that those Negroes, purchased free at the African coast for 20 to 40 dollars, were then resold by the same slave dealers in America for two thousand dollars.
This gives one an idea how the Jews managed to acquire tremendous fortunes. Following the bargaining, Captain Freedman paid the bill, either in merchandise or cash, He also recalled 1I0me advice which his Jewish employers gave him as he left Newport for Africa: “Pour all much water into the rum as you possibly can.” In this manner the Negro chiefs were cheated two times by the Newport Jews!
The next step was to shave the hair from the head of the acquired slaves. Then they were bound, and branded with a hot iron, either on the back, or the hip, identifying them with their owners. Now the Negro slave was indeed the property of the Jewish purchaser. U he fled, he could be identified. Following this procedure there was a farewell celebration. There were instances when entire families were brought out of the interior, to the coast, and then separated through the buyer — the father going with one ship, the sons and daughters into another. These “farewell” celebrations were usually packed with emotion, tears, drama and sadness. There was little joy, if ever.
The following day the transport began from land to ship. It was managed by taking four to six Negroes at one time in rowboats to the ship. Of course the slave dealers were aware of how the Negro loved his homeland above all else, and could only be induced by great force to leave it. So, some or the Negroes would manage to free themselves on the short trip to the ship and they would leap into the water. But here the overseers were prepared with sharp dogs, and retrieved the fleeing men. Other Negroes preferred drowning. What came aboard alive, was immediately undressed, Here was another opportunity to jump over board and reach land and freedom. But the slave dealers were pitiless and ruthless; they were merely concerned to get their Black cargo to America with the least loss. Therefore, an escapee, recaptured, had both of his legs cut out before the eyes of the remaining Negroes in order to restore “Order”.
On board the ship the Negroes were separated into three groups. The men were placed in one part of the ship. The women into another, whereby the lusty Captain arranged it so that the youngest, most comely Negro women were accessible to him.
The children remained on deck, covered with a cloth in bad weather. In this fashion the slave ship proceeded on its journey to America. In the main, the ships were too small, and not at all suitable to transport people. They were barely equipped to transport animals, which the Negroes were likened to. In one space, one meter high — (39 inches), these unfortunate creatures were placed into a horizontal position, pressed close together. Mostly they were chained together. In this position they had to remain for three months, until the end of the voyage. Rarely was there a Captain who sympathized with them or evidenced any feelings whatever for these pitiable creatures. Occasionally they would be taken in groups to the deck for fresh air, shackled in irons.
Left: Slave for sale advertisement in a Charleston newspaper, 1776. These particular slaves were valued for their knowledge of rice culture so they usually brought their Jewish owners a higher price.
Right: This was standard equipment for all slave ships. A, is a pair of iron handcuffs by which the right wrist of one slave is padlocked to the left wrist of another.
B, is a pair of leg irons, also for tow slaves. C, D & E is an instrument of torture, the thumbscrew F, G, & H is the speculum oris or mouth opener, for slaves who refused to eat. They were created and built by Jews.
Somehow, these Negroes were expendable, and endured much. On occasion one of them became insane, killing the other one, pressed closely to him. They also had their finger nails closely cut so they could not tear at each other’s flesh. The most horrible battles came about among the men, to acquire a Centimeter or two, for a comfortable position. It was then that the slave overseer stepped in with his bullwhip. The unimaginable, horrible, human excrement in which these slaves had to endure these trips, is impossible to describe.
In the women’s quarters the same conditions prevailed. Women gave birth to children lying pressed closely together. The younger Negro women were constantly raped by the captain and the crew, resulting thereby, a new type of Mulatto as they came to America.