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Kunta Kinté

Birthplace: Jufureh, Upper Niumi, North Bank Division, The Gambia
Death: Died in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Omoro Kinte and Binta Kinte
Husband of Bell Kinte
Father of Private User and <private> Kinte
Brother of Suwadu Kinté; Madi Kinte and Lamen Kinte

Occupation: Esclave
Managed by: Private User
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About Kunta Kinté

Kunta Kinté (Kounta Kinté) était un homme noir africain, qui était esclave en Amérique du Nord celui-ci a

réellement existé. Il naquît au alentours de 1750 en Gambie un pays situé en Afrique de l'Ouest, ce pays et

principalement musulman, dans ce pays les langues parlé sont le mandinka une langue parlé en

Gambie, au Sénégal et en Guinée-Bissau, il y a aussi le fula, le Wolof, le Serer, et le Jola.

Kunta Kinté est né dans le village de Juffureh (Djouffouré, Jouffouré) un village situé au bord du fleuve Gambie.

Le village de Juffureh était un village Mandingues, (les mandingues sont un peuple d'Afrique de l'ouest, et sont

aussi une tribu) les Mandingues était musulman ce qui fait que Kunta Kinté et les autres habitant du village était

tous des musulmans. Kunta était le fils du fameux Omoro Kinté membre de la tribu Mandingues, et fils

de Binta Kinté (Kebba). Il est l'ainé de 3 enfants Lamine, Souadou, et Madi. Les habitant du village logeait

dans des huttes et vivaient de la chasse et de la pêche. Kunta passe toute son enfance et son adolescence

a Juffureh (Gambie) jusqu'au jour ou il fût capturé par des négriers (des chasseur d'esclaves) venu

D'Amérique du Nord. Il fût capturé comme des millier d'Africains a cette époque. Kunta fût enchaîner et

transporter par navire sur les treize colonies anglaise d'Amérique du Nord qui allaient plus tard en 1783

devenir les États-Unis d'Amérique. Arrivé en Amérique il fût vendu au enchère dans un marché au esclaves

dans la ville de Annapolis Maryland. Il fût vendu a un agriculteur du Sud nommé John Waller qui possédait 

une plantation (un terrain agricole) et quelques esclaves dans le Comté de Spotsylvannia Virginia. Il devient

esclave, et fût renommé Toby Waller. Il eut une fille avec Bell une esclave de la plantation, leur fille était Kizzy.

Kunta's birth in 1750 in the Mandinka-speaking village of Juffure in The Gambia, West Africa. Kunta is the eldest of two sons of the Mandinka tribesman Omoro and his wife Binta Kebba. Haley describes Kunta's strict Muslim upbringing, the rigors of the manhood training he undergoes, and the proud origins of the Kinte name.

In 1765, Kunta is taken into manhood training. One day that year, he is sent to hunt a bird without a weapon. While hunting the bird he spots slave hunters, runs back to his village and tells the inhabitants what he has seen.

One day in 1767, while Kunta is searching for wood to make a drum, four men chase him, surround him and take him captive. Kunta awakens to find himself blindfolded, gagged, bound, and a prisoner of white men. He and others are put on the slave ship the Lord Ligonier for a three-month Middle Passage voyage to North America.

Kunta survives the trip to Maryland and is sold to a Virginia plantation owner, Master Waller, who renames him "Toby". He rejects the name imposed by his owners and refuses to speak to others.

After being recaptured during the last of his four escape attempts, the slave catchers give him a choice: he can be castrated or have his right foot cut off. He chooses to have his foot cut off, and the men cut off the front half of his right foot. As the years pass, Kunta resigns himself to his fate and also becomes more open and sociable with his fellow slaves, while never forgetting who he was or where he came from.

Kunta married a fellow slave, named Belle Waller and they have a daughter they name Kizzy (Keisa, in Mandinka), which in Kunta's native tongue means "to stay put" (he named her this to protect her from being sold away). When Kizzy is in her late teens, she is sold away to North Carolina when her master discovers that she had written a fake traveling pass for a young slave boy with whom she was in love (she had been taught to read and write secretly by Missy Anne, niece to the plantation owner). Her new owner immediately rapes her and fathers her only child, George, who spends his life with the tag "Chicken George", because of his assigned duties of tending to his master's cockfighting birds.

In the novel, Kizzy never learns her parents' fate. She spends the remainder of her life as a field hand on the Lea plantation in North Carolina. In the miniseries, she is taken back to visit the Reynolds plantation later in life. She discovers that her mother was sold off to another plantation and that her father died of a broken heart two years later, in 1822. She finds his grave, where she crosses out his slave name from the tombstone and writes his original name instead.

The rest of the book tells of the generations between Kizzy and Alex Haley, describing their suffering, losses and eventual triumphs in America. Alex Haley claimed to be a seventh-generation descendant of Kunta Kinte.

Haley's sources for the origins of Kinte were oral family tradition and a man he found in The Gambia named Kebba Kanga Fofana, who claimed knowledge of the Kintes. He described them as a family in which the men were blacksmiths, descended from a marabout named Kairaba Kunta Kinte, originally from Mauritania. Haley quoted Fofana as telling him: "About the time the king's soldiers came, the eldest of these four sons, Kunta, went away from this village to chop wood and was never seen again."

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunta_Kinte

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Kunta Kinté's Timeline

Jufureh, Upper Niumi, North Bank Division, The Gambia
Age 70
Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States