The Slave Chain

Description

This image shows a group of enslaved Africans linked together in a coffle by chain or rope in front of a small building. European slave traders in background. Forbes described his visit to Little Popo in the Bight of Benin region as "an extensive slave port. . . The houses are badly built; that in which I am living forms the four sides of a square. . . the fourth [side] is a stable and sleeping house for the blacks, many of whom have the small-pox" (vol. 1, pp. 98-100). Frederick E. Forbes went to the Bight of Benin on a British anti-slavery mission in 1849 and 1850.

Source

Frederick E. Forbes, Dahomey and the Dahomans: being the journals of two missions to the king of Dahomey, and residence in his capital, in . . . 1849 and 1850 (London, 1851), vol. 1, facing p. 100.

Language

English

Rights

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

Identifier

forbescoffle

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Bight of Benin--Little Popo

Citation

"The Slave Chain", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 19, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/2624
This image shows a group of enslaved Africans linked together in a coffle by chain or rope in front of a small building. European slave traders in background. Forbes described his visit to Little Popo in the Bight of Benin region as "an extensive slave port. . . The houses are badly built; that in which I am living forms the four sides of a square. . . the fourth [side] is a stable and sleeping house for the blacks, many of whom have the small-pox" (vol. 1, pp. 98-100). Frederick E. Forbes went to the Bight of Benin on a British anti-slavery mission in 1849 and 1850.
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