Army Muster Roll
A man owns an old Continental Army muster roll issued by the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts in July 1780. Among the 16 men listed is "Paul Cuffee."
The contributor wants to know if this could be evidence of an unknown episode in the life of Cuffee, a remarkable African-American who was a whaling captain, shipbuilder and early advocate of the "Back to Africa" movement.
History Detectives uncovers a dramatic story of African-American achievement in the years surrounding the Revolutionary War.
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