"Sugar Refinery" (caption translation). This engraving depicts the interior of a sugar curing house with a white man in the middle preparing a conical pot to store among the rows and columns of pots behind him. After the sugar is processed in the boiling house, the raw sugar (muscavado) was poured into the conical pots and the molasses drains into the jars below. Although a European is shown in this illustration, the job was commonly performed by enslaved people. This image is from an unidentified geographic area, but likely in the French Caribbean. Denis Diderot and Jean d'Alembert, with the aid of Quensay, Montesquieu, Voltaire, J. J. Rousseau, Turgot, and others edited this illustrated, 28 volume French encyclopedia published between 1751 and 1775. It played a major role in the intellectual preparation for the French Revolution.
"Plate VI" in Denis Diderot, Encyclopèdie, ou, Dictionnaire Raisonnè des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers. . ., vol. 1 (Paris: n. p., 1762), n. p.
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"Sucrerie", 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/2991