The Kru People: Africans Who Refused To Be Captured In The Transatlantic Slave Trade

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The Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own lives before surrendering to enslavement. Because of their tenacity, they were labeled as difficult and less valuable in the slave trade.

Apart from their strength in resistance, the Kru were known for their ability to effortlessly navigate the seas. Their skills in both canoeing and surfing the strong ocean currents brought upon much recognition which later afforded them work on British merchant and warships in the 1700s. Currently the Kru account for 7% of the Liberian population.


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  • Ariella November 13, 2016 - 7:11 am

    I am very very proud of their strength, tendacity and determination. You are a great example. HalleluYah

    • rasil April 16, 2017 - 10:06 pm

      So very thankful that they fought back and are still here today. the evil enemy has much to pay for when YAH’s wrath falls.

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  • msceemae November 10, 2018 - 10:25 pm

    Thank you for your BlackThen Share. Praises and Blessings to your Ancestors for your path. Also relevant to me is the ideals the Kru established as to why they resisted with such tenacity. Was it their love of the life they knew or was it a belief. I would like to know more of their
    habits and practices that separated them. I imagine the location of their territory had much to do with their understanding of what to cherish so deeply that they refused to surrender. Perhaps they were afraid to leave their surroundings.