Phillis Wheatley - Born in Senegambia, she was transported to North America. The publication of her "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" brought her fame in both England and the American Colonies.
Although she was an African slave, Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in prenineteenth-century America. A brilliant young girl, her owners educated her. She wrote poems said to be admired by George Washington.
Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal around At the age of she was kidnapped and brought to Boston on a slave ship. Her owners, John and Susanna Wheatley of Boston, named her Phillis and taught her to read and write.