Plan of the Island of Gorée

Description

This engraving is a British diagram laying out the defences and organization of the French slave-trading island of Gorée, including sketches of forts labelled St. Michael and St. Francis. Other numbers identify locations of more buildings and points of reference. Thomas Astley (d. 1759) was a British bookseller and publisher who never went to Africa. His imagined localities and illustrations of Africa were informed by a library of travel books at his disposal.

Source

"Plate X" in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels, vol. 2 (London: Thomas Astley, 1745-1747), facing p. 18.

Creator

Astley, Thomas

Date Created

1745-1747

Language

French

Rights

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

Identifier

Astley001

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Senegambia--Gorée

Citation

"Plan of the Island of Gorée", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed February 21, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2073
This engraving is a British diagram laying out the defences and organization of the French slave-trading island of Gorée, including sketches of forts labelled St. Michael and St. Francis. Other numbers identify locations of more buildings and points of reference. Thomas Astley (d. 1759) was a British bookseller and publisher who never went to Africa. His imagined localities and illustrations of Africa were informed by a library of travel books at his disposal.
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