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Slavery is a modern topic of hot contention with many passionate opinions regarding it. Our collections inevitably deal with the topic of slavery which was a commonplace occurrence in the colonial period.

We ask you to view these works with historical context and realize they provide important primary source accounts about what truly did happen.

Since the publication of many of these works the practice of slavery has ended in every European nation including former colonies such as Australia, the United States and Canada but still persists in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

In the words of Dunoyer, the economic regime of every society which has recently become sedentary is founded on the slavery of the industrial professions. In the hunter period the savage warrior does not enslave his vanquished enemy, but slays him; the women of a conquered tribe he may, however, carry off and appropriate as wives or as servants, for in this period domestic labour falls almost altogether on their sex.

In the pastoral stage slaves will be captured only to be sold, with the exception of a few who may be required for the care of flocks or the small amount of cultivation which is then undertaken. It is in proportion as a sedentary life prevails, and agricultural exploitation is practiced on a larger scale, whilst warlike habits continue to exist, that the labour of slaves is increasingly introduced to provide food for the master, and at the same time save him from irksome toil. Of this stage in the social movement slavery seems to have been, as we have said, a universal and inevitable accompaniment.


1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 25 pg. 213-227

Available Books


Image Name
The So-Sin Victims
Christian Slavery at Algiers (II)
The Platform of the Ah-Toh
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
Back Cover
A Negro hung alive by the Ribs to a Gallows
View of the Blue Bergh called Mount Parnassus
Manner of Bush-fighting by the African Negroes
Part of a Piazza in the Palace (I)
The Alligator or Cayman of Surinam
The Reception of the Ah-Haussoo-Noh-Beh or Queen's Mouths
Arab Soldier
Sprig of the Cotton Tree
The Spoon Bill or Shoveler
Holeing a Cane-Piece on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
The Tapir, or Hippopotamus of South America
A Mahi Village
A Map of Surinam
A Mill Yard, on Gamble's Estate, Antigua
A Capsize off Whydah
The skinning of the Aboma Snake, shot by Capt. Stedman
The Slave Chain
Procession of Ministers
View of the Town of Paramaribo, with the Road & Shipping from the opposite Shore
A Rebel Negro armed & on his guard
Port Royal Harbour in Jamaica just before Sunrise
Front Cover
The So-Sin Pavilions
The Execution of Breaking on the Rack
Specimens of the Vahie Phonetic
Order of March
Dey of Algiers
The Paca, or Spotted Cavey
Title Page
Title Page - Volume II
Sheet Music (I)
Back Cover
The Leguana or Iguana Lizard of Guiana
Sheet Music (III)
The Lake of Blood
The Wood-Rat of Surinam
Europe supported by Africa & America
The Amazonian Elephant Hunters
The Blue & Yellow & the Anazon Macaw
Captain in His War Dress
The Human Sacrifices of the Ek-Gnee-Noo-Ah-Toh
Map of Barbary
Shipping Sugar, Willoughby Bay, Antigua
Sprig of the Coffee Tree
Tombs of Agajah, Tegbwesun, Mpengula and Agongolu
Front Cover
U.S. Brig Perry Vs. American Slave Ship Martha
The Fresh-water Fish called Dago-Fissee
Odumatas Sleeping Room
Ek-Bah-Tong-Ek-Beh or the Procession of the King's Wealth
The Gun Custom
Christians in Slavery
The Manicole & the Cocoa-Nut Tree
Title Page
The Wirrebocerra, or Small Deer
A Slave Ship
The celebrated Graman Quacy
Rural Retreat - The Cottage
Sheet Music (V)
Plan of a regular Coffee Plantation
Title Page
Graduation of Shades between Europe & Africa
Musical Instruments of the Afrocan Negroes
The Musk Melon, Water Melon & Pine Apple
Shore and Roadstead of Jamestown, St. Helena
The Manati, or Sea Cow of Guiana
Book Display
Tomb of King Gezu
Sprig of the Tamarind Tree
The Rattle Snake & Dypsas of Guiana
Ee-Que-Ah-Ek-Beh or Paying the Troubadours
Skull Ornaments and Banners of Dahomey
Indian Implements
Sheet Music (IV)
Indian Female of the Arrowauka Nation
The Military Post Vreedenburgh, at the Marawina
A Woman
A Chief of the Bosjesmans or Bush Negroes on a Visit to the Governor of Paramaribo Arwawkas, and Charibes or Caribbee Indians at Surinam
The Humming Bird, with its nest &c
View of Calays, & the Creek Caswinica
A Moor
The Blue & Crimson Butterfly of South America
A Captain
Gezo, King of Dahomey
Plan of the Principal Field of Action between the Rivers Cottica and Marawina; with a Sketch of the manner of Encamping in the Woods of Surinam
The Tokpon
Sprig of the Cocao, or Chocolate Tree
The Toucan & the Fly-catcher
The Snake Temple


Map Name
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 1 - A Map of Guiana (1796)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 1 - A Map of Suriname (1796)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 2 - Plan of the Principal Field of Action between the Rivers Cottica and Marawina; with a Sketch of the manner of Encamping in the Woods of Surinam (1796)
Algiers: Being a Complete Picture of the Barbary States - Map of Barbary (1817)
Dahomey As It Is - A Map of Dahomey with Part of Ashanti (1874)
A Voyage in the West Indies - Caribbee or Leeward Islands (1820)


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