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n.1.One of a negro tribe of Liberia and the adjacent coast, whose members are much employed on shipboard.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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...There was an important lesson in the conduct of that noble Krooman (my emphasis) in New York the other day, who, supposing that the American Christians were about to enslave him, betook himself to the masthead and with knife in hand said he would cut his throat before he would be made a slave.
So too the Krooman elder Square, escorting Maturin through Freetown--and therefore in a context of European colonialism that reinforces the echo of Heart of Darkness--explains the absence of a book by his previous employer: "Mr Klopstock, he dead" (Commodore 202).