The Arabs among the Benecki

Description

This illustration shows Arab raiders, which von Wissman described as "eager to obtain slaves and ivory, chasing and slaying members of the West African Benecki, who attempted to flee into the forest. The Benecki always returned to their villages and fields, but when the harvest was ready, the slave traders would reappear to seize crops and people. The author writes that war, slave-robbery, famine, and pestilence had actually been able to completely depopulate this densely populated territory" (pp. 185-86). Hermann Wilhelm Leopold Ludwig Wissmann (1853–1905) was a German explorer and administrator in Africa, who traveled through the Congo River basin in the Central Interior. After, Wissmann served King Leopold II of Belgium and aided in the process of creating the Congo Free State.

Source

Hermann von Wissman, My Second Journey through Equatorial Africa from the Congo to the Zambesi in the years 1886 and 1887. Translated from the German (London, 1891), facing p. 186.

Language

English

Rights

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

Identifier

C020

Spatial Coverage

Africa--Central Interior

Citation

"The Arabs among the Benecki", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 18, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/417
This illustration shows Arab raiders, which von Wissman described as "eager to obtain slaves and ivory, chasing and slaying members of the West African Benecki, who attempted to flee into the forest. The Benecki always returned to their villages and fields, but when the harvest was ready, the slave traders would reappear to seize crops and people. The author writes that war, slave-robbery, famine, and pestilence had actually been able to completely depopulate this densely populated territory"  (pp. 185-86). Hermann Wilhelm Leopold Ludwig Wissmann (1853–1905) was a German explorer and administrator in Africa, who traveled through the Congo River basin in the Central Interior. After, Wissmann served King Leopold II of Belgium and aided in the process of creating the Congo Free State.
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