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Alfred Saker

1814-1880. Missionary to Cameroon. Born at Borough Green, Kent, he was an engineer who joined the Baptist Mission which left Jamaica to work among liberated slaves in Fernando Po (1843). In Cameroon (1845) he founded Bethel station in Douala country, giving himself to preaching, teaching, and translation. When the Spanish authorities forbade Protestant worship on Fernando Po (1858), Saker with ninety families founded a settlement at Victoria on Cameroon mainland. He introduced crafts and building work and completed the Douala Bible (1872). With Sir Richard Burton he made the first ascent of Cameroons Mountain (13,352 feet). Retiring to England in failing health in 1876, he encouraged the founding of the Baptist Missionary Society Congo Mission in his closing years.