Untitled Image (Collar and Chain to Prevent Escape)
This image depicts enslaved Africans carrying goods to market in heavy chians. According to Ewbank, "while waiting for [an acquaintance]. . . a dozen at least of butcher's slaves went past in the course of an hour with crushing loads of fresh-killed beef. . . One poor fellow had a collar, and a chain extending from it to an ankle. . . Other slaves went by, awfully crippled in their feet and legs; among them two women, lame with elephantiasis. . . The right leg of one was really almost as large as her waist" (p. 277). Thomas Ewbank (1792–1870) was an English writer on practical mechanics. In 1845–1846, he travelled to Brazil and on his return published an account of his travels. He was then appointed United States Commissioner of Patents by President Taylor in 1849.
Thomas Ewbank, Life in Brazil (New York, 1856), p. 277. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
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