Solomon, Job Ben
- David J. Peavler
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (later known to Europeans as Job Ben Solomon) was born to a powerful family of Muslim clerics of the Fulbe tribe in the northern region of present-day Senegal. While he was in Africa, Job received formal educational training in both secular and religious fields. He assisted his father in trade and became quite wealthy by the age of twenty-nine, owning three houses, a plantation with eighteen servants, and more than seventy head of cattle. In February 1730, however, Job's father sent him on a slave-trading mission that would ironically lead to his own capture and enslavement in North America.
After failing to receive his asking price from an English trader Job sent his servants home and crossed into the territory of a rival tribe in the hope of securing a better price He succeeded in this endeavor but was captured on his return journey and ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.