Sara Forbes Bonetta Davies

Sara Forbes Bonetta  (1843 – 1880) was a West African princess who was orphaned in a slave-hunt war, and captured into slavery.  By a remarkable turn of events, she was eventually rescued  by a British Navy captain and presented (as a gift, if you can believe it) to a charmed Queen Victoria, who adopted Sarah as her goddaughter.  She became recognized and admired throughout the royal court for her intelligence and ability to outshine her tutors in all studies. The queen eventually advised the match between Sara and her husband, a wealthy Yoruban businessman. Shortly after her marriage, Sarah gave birth to a daughter and was granted permission by the Queen to name the child Victoria – the Queen also became her godmother.

 

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