Prospect of the Coast from El Mina to Mowri

Description

In the foreground, European slave ships waited for the arrival of several canoes carrying enslaved people from the mainland. Places identified, from left to right: El Mina, Jago, Cape Corse, Fort Royal at Manfrow and Mowri - all in the Voltaic region. Astley provided a description based on various contemporary accounts. With respect to this illustration, Astley quoted Barbot to describe how "Moorish merchants do not trade only in gold but also in slaves, whom they bring to the ships in fairly large numbers when there are wars. . . You can see in this drawing a canoe containing slaves who are to board a vessel, and other canoes arriving to trade in gold" (p. 518). Thomas Astley (d. 1759) was a British bookseller and publisher. His Voyages and Travels described localities in Africa and Asia, which he compiled from a wide-array of travel books. See also image reference Barbot001 on this website.

Source

"Plate LXI" in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels, vol. 2 (London: Thomas Astley, 1745-1747), facing p. 589.

Creator

Astley, Thomas

Language

English

Rights

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

Identifier

Astley010

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Voltaic--Cape Coast
Africa--Voltaic--Elmina
Africa--Voltaic--Moree

Citation

"Prospect of the Coast from El Mina to Mowri", 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/2084
In the foreground, European slave ships waited for the arrival of several canoes carrying enslaved people from the mainland. Places identified, from left to right: El Mina, Jago, Cape Corse, Fort Royal at Manfrow and Mowri - all in the Voltaic region. Astley provided a description based on various contemporary accounts.  With respect to this illustration, Astley quoted Barbot to describe how "Moorish merchants do not trade only in gold but also in slaves, whom they bring to the ships in fairly large numbers when there are wars. . . You can see in this drawing a canoe containing slaves who are to board a vessel, and other canoes arriving to trade in gold" (p. 518). Thomas Astley (d. 1759) was a British bookseller and publisher. His Voyages and Travels described localities in Africa and Asia, which he compiled from a wide-array of travel books. See also image reference Barbot001 on this website.
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