Ignatius Sancho

Born: 1729
Birthplace: slave ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Sancho was born on a slave ship shortly after it left what is today the West African nation of Guinea. After the ship reached the Caribbean port of Cartagena, in what is now Colombia, his mother died and his father committed suicide. The baby was baptized “Ignatius.” After several years, Sancho was taken to Greenwich, England, where he was given to three unmarried women. They gave him the surname “Sancho” because he reminded them of the squire in Don Quixote. He later ran away and became butler to the Duchess of Montagu. Sancho later ran a grocery shop in Westminster. Self educated, Sancho composed music, appeared on the stage, and wrote numerous letters, published in 1782, after his death.

Died: 1780
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