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Shekina Niko • 1 year ago

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862) Born into a royal West African dynasty, orphaned in 1848 at around five years old, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She cries out to become a character in a better story than real history affords her...

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Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed-Camille Silvy,1862) born into a royal West African dynasty, and orphaned in 1848, when five years old, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria, a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the “Queen’s Goddaughter” and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her life between the British royal household and in Africa until her death in 1880.

Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal Yoruba dynasty, and stolen as a child by the King of Dahomey during a slave-trading war. She was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a "gift" from one royal family to another. She spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa.

:::::::::::: Antique Photograph ::::::::::: Sally Bonetta Forbes, born in West Africa was captured and became a slave of the King of Dahomey at 5 years old. In June 1850, Commodore Forbes of H.M.S. Bonetta arrived in Dahomey and the King presented him with the girl as a present for Queen Victoria. She was brought back to England and Victoria and Albert paid for her education. Later when Sally was married, Queen Victoria was godmother to their first child, named Victoria in her honour.

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