Prospect of St. George's Castle at El Mina

Description

This engraving depicts Europeans and Africans trade enslaved people at St. George's Castle and Fort Conradsburg (Coenraadsburg). Elmina was called St. George d'el Mina, while the smaller fort on the right is St. Jago, also known as Coenraadsburg. 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 LXI" in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-1747), facing p. 589.

Creator

Astley, Thomas

Language

English
French

Rights

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

Identifier

Astley011

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Voltaic--Elmina

Citation

"Prospect of St. George's Castle at El Mina", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 20, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2085
This engraving depicts Europeans and Africans trade enslaved people at St. George's Castle and Fort Conradsburg (Coenraadsburg). Elmina was called St. George d'el Mina, while the smaller fort on the right is St. Jago, also known as Coenraadsburg. 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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