Untitled Image (Sleeping Positions of Captive Africans on the French Slave Ship L'Aurore)
Artist's reconstruction of decks aboard L'Aurore, which sailed from La Rochelle, France, in 1784, acquired about 500 Africans at Malembo in the Kwanza North region; and sailed to Saint Domingue. The illustration shows the tight packing of captives and storage areas. The naval architect, Jean Boudriot (1921-2015), extensively researched naval artilleries from 1650 to 1850. Although these are not historical images, they accurately represent the conditions on board slave ships.
Jean Boudriot, Traite et Navire Nègrier, Collection Archéologie Navale Française (Paris 1984), p. 87. Les Anneaux de la Mèmoire: Nantes-Europe, Afrique, Amèriques (Nantes, France, 1992). Catalog for an exhibition on the slave trade, shown at the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes 1992-1994.
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