Betsy Heard

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Betsy Heard (1759-circa 1812)[1] was a Euro‐African slave trader and merchant. Her father was an entrepreneur who had travelled from Liverpool to the Los Islands, her mother was an African slave.[2] She was educated in England and upon completing her education returned to West Africa and she set up her trading post on the Bereira river.[3] She ended up opposing the slave trade.[4]


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  3. ^ O. Collins, Robert; James M. Burns (8 February 2007). A History of Sub-Saharan Africa. Cambridge University Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-0521867467. 
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