Slave Barracoon

Description

Barracoon with thatched roof with captured slaves inside, guards outside and several people being whipped. The Illustrated London News describes a raid by the British Navy in February 1849 on Spanish slave trading stations where three factories were destroyed along the Gallinas [Kerefe] river in Sierra Leone in the Upper Guinea Coast region. The engraving shows "a barracoon at the back of one of the factories in the creek; here flogging is an hourly occupation, and the sufferers frequently expire under the lash. The slaves are chained by the neck and legs; and except when marched from one barracoon to another, on chance of shipment, they know no change for a year or two." For details on this raid, see also W. E. F. Ward, The Royal Navy and the Slavers (New York, 1970), pp. 182-85. A colored version of this illustration (which crops off part of the figure being whipped and the two seated on the ground [on the right]) was done by an anonymous nineteenth century artist. It is located in Bureau du Patrimoine du Conseil Regional de la Martinique, and was published in the exhibition catalog, Les Anneaux de la Memoire: Nantes-Europe-Afriques-Ameriques, Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Nantes, France, Dec. 1992-Feb. 1994.

Source

The Illustrated London News (April 14, 1849), vol. 14, p. 237.

Language

English

Rights

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

Identifier

C008

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Upper Guinea Coast

Citation

"Slave Barracoon", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed April 5, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1937
Barracoon with thatched roof with captured slaves inside, guards outside and several people being whipped. The Illustrated London News describes a raid by the British Navy in February 1849 on Spanish slave trading stations where three factories were destroyed along the Gallinas [Kerefe] river in Sierra Leone in the Upper Guinea Coast region. The engraving shows "a barracoon at the back of one of the factories in the creek; here flogging is an hourly occupation, and the sufferers frequently expire under the lash. The slaves are chained by the neck and legs; and except when marched from one barracoon to another, on chance of shipment, they know no change for a year or two." For details on this raid, see also W. E. F. Ward, The Royal Navy and the Slavers (New York, 1970), pp. 182-85. A colored version of this illustration (which crops off part of the figure being whipped and the two seated on the ground [on the right]) was done by an anonymous nineteenth century artist. It is located in Bureau du Patrimoine du Conseil Regional de la Martinique, and was published in the exhibition catalog, Les Anneaux de la Memoire: Nantes-Europe-Afriques-Ameriques, Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Nantes, France, Dec. 1992-Feb. 1994.
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