Sunday, April 22, 2012

Canoe for Transporting Slaves, Sierra Leone, 1840s

Canoe for Transporting Slaves, Sierra Leone, 1840s

Caption, "section of embarkation canoe"; cross section of boat, showing how slaves were positioned on board to be taken offshore to waiting slave ship. As reported in The Illustrated London News, this image shows "one of the embarkation boats used by the [Spanish] slave factors [on the Gallinas River in Sierra Leone]; they are launched from the beach, with 200 slaves in their bottom; besides 20 or 30 rowers to each boat, which is about 40 feet long, 12 broad, and seven or eight feet deep."





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