By David Meyler, Peter Meyler
Richard Pierpoint or Captain Dick, as he used to be quite often identified, emerges from the shadows of background in A Stolen lifestyles: looking for Richard Pierpoint. An African warrior who was once captured at approximately age sixteen, Pierpoint lived his last years in exile. From his beginning in Bundu (now a part of Senegal) round 1744 till his demise in rural Ontario in 1837, Pierpoint’s lifestyles permits us to glimpse the job of an African considering a few of the world’s nice occasions.
"We are indebted to the authors for respiring existence into this guy, who even though taken from his domestic early in his existence nonetheless used to be in a position to make an important contribution to the early background of higher Canada. He fought, farmed and have become an enormous to the Black group. We thanks for a superb tale of this usually forgotten phase of Canadian history."
— Wilma Morrison, Norval Johnson history Library, Niagara Falls
"Everybody is familiar with in regards to the Underground Railroad and the nice many Black souls who emigrated to Canada through this direction, yet only a few humans comprehend the courageous Black women and men who positioned their lives at the line in defence of this country."
— Ivor Christopher, Re-enactor, Runchey’s corporation of colored Men
"A well-researched and hugely readable chronicle of Richard Pierpoint’s lifestyles in Africa and North the United States — as a slave, a soldier, and as a pioneer in top Canada’s desolate tract. … a extremely important contribution to Canadian Black history."
— Linda Brown-Kubisch, writer, Missouri
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Everyone, from farmers in the back country to ship builders in the port cities, was adversely affected. Pierpoint's master would have been hurt economically by the loss of this military commerce as well. With this loss and no longer a need for a personal servant for military duty, it may have been shortly after the end of the war that Richard was sold again. Where he lived at this time is unknown, but it would have been in the northern colonies. Even though there were only a few slaves in most homes, they managed to keep some of their African customs and beliefs, a practice that would have given some relief to Pierpoint's culture shock.
Many men were trained musicians, even though their white masters thought that they had acquired the talent to play instruments naturally. Favourite instruments were violins and flutes. Sometimes, drums could be incorporated into the music, but only if they were presented as toy drums. Often black fiddlers were used at white dances because of their skill and energetic style of playing. The combination of African rhythms mixed with those of Europe created the new sounds of the colonies. Africans did not take their captivity for granted.
58 A STOLEN LIFE General Washington gave Major-General John Sullivan the task of eliminating the Iroquois threat once and for all. Seemingly, the Americans tended to neglect the importance of the Rangers and, instead, focused their effort against the Six Nations, although the ultimate goal of the campaign was the capture of Fort Niagara. Sullivan massed a force of 670 officers and 4445 other ranks at Tioga on the Pennsylvania frontier. Butler had only 270 rangers, 14 regulars from the 8th Foot, Brant's Volunteer's (30 whites and natives), 30 Delawares and about 300 Seneca under Sangerachta.
A Stolen Life : Searching for Richard Pierpoint by David Meyler, Peter Meyler