Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal

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This is the first biography of Capt. Peter Strickland, a little-known Connecticut Yankee who crossed the Atlantic 100 times in command of a sailing vessel, traded with French and Portuguese colonies during the period 1864-1905, and served as the first American consul to French West Africa for over 20 years. We know about Peter Strickland's long life (1837-1921) because he wrote a daily journal from the age of 19 until the year he died. He broke away from a long line of Connecticut farmers to adopt a seafaring life at the age of 15. Capt. Strickland's merchant marine career led him from the east coast of the United States to the west coast of Africa. He introduced American tobacco and wood products into French and Portuguese colonies and on the return trips carried animal hides and peanuts in his 100-ton schooners. He wrote and published a book on behalf of sailors. The most knowledgeable American in the African trade for 40 years, Strickland struggled to maintain an American competitive edge among the dominant commercial presence of French trading houses from Bordeaux and Marseilles. The U.S. State Department asked him to become the first consul in French West Africa, with residence in Senegal. The captain accepted the terms: he would receive no salary, but he could keep the port fees he collected and continue to practice his import-export business. Living on the former slave island of Gorée, Strickland battled epidemics of cholera and yellow fever. He suffered from malaria and catarrh. His 23-year-old son George accidentally drowned off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. Demoralized and ill, Strickland retired to Boston in 1905 and became a gentleman farmer. At age 77, he recopied his entire journal into bound volumes.

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This is an ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Book.

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"Peter Strickland" was my first biography. I read all I could find by and on Peter Strickland, consisting of four linear feet of documents. The major archives I consulted were two: Morris Library at the University of Delaware at Newark, and the G. W. Blunt Library at the Mystic Seaport, Conn.

Other archives that provided primary source material were the U. S. National Archives and the Senegal National Archives.

During the period from 1880 to 1905, no foreigner knew Senegal better than Peter Strickland. He worked as sea captain, merchant, and consul on the island of Gorée. He lived in one house overlooking the port, where he could easily monitor ship movements. The house is still standing, and is owned by a French medical doctor. I was invited to sleep two nights in the house to seek inspiration. It worked! I grew to have great admiration for this sailor, trader, advocate, teacher, father, author, idealist, captain, consul, and diarist. 

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