Economie Rustique: Culture et Arsonnage du Coton
"Rustic Economy: Cotton Culture and Cleaning" (caption translation). This image shows slaves working at various tasks in the production of cotton. The geographical area was not specified but presumably it is the French West Indies. Details on this illustration are given in Diderot, the section treating agriculture (p. 9). The same illustration was published in B. L. C. Wailes, Report on the Agriculture and Geology of Mississippi (Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co., 1854), facing p. 141, but without giving Diderot as the original source. A reversed copy of the image was also published in M. Chambon, Le commerce de l'Amèrique par Marseille (Avignon, 1764) Vol. 2, plate VIII, after p. 6. A reversed version of this image also appears in Il Gazzettiere Americano (Livorno, 1763), vol. 2, facing p. 235, where the location is given as Martinique.
Denis Diderot, Encyclopèdie, ou, Dictionnaire Raisonnè des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers. . . Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences. . . (Paris, 1762), vol. 1, fig. 1. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
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