- Denis R. Caron
Mortimer, Prince (1724–1834), slave and prisoner, was born in Guinea, on the West Coast of Africa, around 1724, although the precise year cannot be determined. He was captured by slave traders as a boy of six or seven and was transported to Middletown, Connecticut, then a slave colony. His early years are not documented, but he was probably acquired by a Middletown farmer and spent his early decades tending crops and farm animals. Sometime around 1760, Prince was acquired by Philip Mortimer, an Irish gentleman who had recently settled in the area and established a rope factory in Middletown, then prospering as a river port and shipbuilding community. Prince labored the next several decades as a spinner in Mortimer's ropewalk, although he reputedly spent some time in the service of the Continental Army during the War for Independence....