Nicholas Said was born Mohammed Ali ben Said in Borno in Nigeria in the 1830s. As a captive he traveled through North Africa, Arabia and Turkey and entered the service of Prince Troubetzkoy in Russia. He toured Europe and spoke seven languages. He voluntarily came to the United States and became a teacher. He published his autobiography in 1873 under the name Nicholas Said.
Said, Nicholas. The Autobiography of Nicholas Said: a Native of Bornou, Eastern Soudan, Central Africa. Electronic Edition. Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Accessed 1/20/2017.
Austin, Allan. African Muslims in Antebellum America. New York: Garland Pub., 1984
Diouf, Sylviane, Servants of Allah : African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas. New York: University Press, 1998.
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