Slave Auction, Martinique, 1826

Description

Caption, Une Vente de Negres (Slave Sale). The author witnessed the sale by a planter whose business had failed. He describes how the bodies of slaves to be sold were inspected and scrutinized by prospective buyers (p. 24). The engraving shows a black woman (center) being examined by whites; other Africans awaiting sale, white auctioneers on the right.

Source

Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny, Voyage pittoresque dans les deux Amèriques...(Paris, 1836), facing p. 14, fig. 4. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

NW0308

Spatial Coverage

Caribbean--Martinique

Citation

"Slave Auction, Martinique, 1826", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 15, 2021, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1885
Caption, Une Vente de Negres (Slave Sale). The author witnessed the sale by a planter whose business had failed. He describes how the bodies of slaves to be sold were inspected and scrutinized by prospective buyers (p. 24). The engraving shows a black woman (center) being examined by whites; other Africans awaiting sale, white auctioneers on the right.
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