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History Archive - Slavery Collection

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.

References:

1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 25 pg. 213-227

Available Books

Images

Image Name
Sprig of the Cocao, or Chocolate Tree
A Coromantyn Free Negro, or Ranger, armed
Sprig of the Arnotta, or Roucon Tree
The Crabbodago, or Grisson
View of the Estate Alkmaar, on the River Commewine
Sheet Music (III)
The Red Curlew of Surinam
The Platform of the Ah-Toh
Sprig of the Cotton Tree
Procession of Ministers
The Bajew, or Stag of Guiana
Planting the Sugar Cane on Bodkins Estate, Antigua
Front Cover
View of the three Encampments at the Wana Creek
Indian Female of the Arrowauka Nation
Ee-Que-Ah-Ek-Beh or Paying the Troubadours
The Tapir, or Hippopotamus of South America
A Mahi Village
The Armadillo & Porcupine of Guiana
View of L'Esperance, or the Hope, on the Commewine
A Woman
The Shark & Remora
The First Day of the Yam Custom
Flagellation of a Female Samboe Slave
Inner Square of Apookoos House
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
The Reception at Kana
Musical Instruments of the Afrocan Negroes
Interior of a Distillery, on Delap's Estate, Antigua
Exterior of a Distillery on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
Christians in Slavery
View of the Post Devil's Harwar; on Rio Cottica
A Map of Surinam
The Musk Melon, Water Melon & Pine Apple
Title Page - Volume I
Title Page
Caribbee or Leeward Islands
The Rock Cod, or Newmara
The Harangus Volans, or Flying Fish
The Plantation Tree, and the Banana
The Slave Chain
The So-Sin Pavilions
Holeing a Cane-Piece on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
A Captain
Interior of a Negro House
March thro' a swamp or Marsh, in Terra-firma
The Sugar Cane, in its four different Stages
The Pingo Warree, or Wild Boar of Guiana
Prince Hahansus' Fetiche House
The Platform of the Ah-toh
A Surinam Planter in his Morning Dress
Manner of Bush-fighting by the African Negroes
Port Antonio, Jamaica at Sunrise from the Sea
The Amazonian Elephant Hunters
A Rebel Negro armed & on his guard
The Saw Fish & part of the Head reversed.
The Tail Dancers
A Chief of the Bosjesmans or Bush Negroes on a Visit to the Governor of Paramaribo Arwawkas, and Charibes or Caribbee Indians at Surinam
Title Page
Sheet Music (I)
The Tokpon
The Ai, & the Unan; or the Sheep & Dog Sloth
The Agouti, or Indian Coney
A Slave Ship
Rural Retreat - The Cottage
Manner of catching Fish by the Spring-Hook
Title Page
Port Royal Harbour in Jamaica just before Sunrise
Azure blue Butterfly of South America
View of the Settlement called the Jew's Savannah
Odumatas Sleeping Room
Diana
The Groo-groo, or Palm Tree Worms
The Paca, or Spotted Cavey
The Reception at Kana
Europe supported by Africa & America
The Fruit called Avoira
Exterior of a Boiling House, on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
Manner of Sleeping in the Forest
View of the Constable Rocks, off Cayenne, from N.E.
The Quato & Sacccawinkee Monkeys
The Manati, or Sea Cow of Guiana
Cutting the Sugar-Cane on Delap's Estate, Antigua
Probable Configuration of Africa
A Dahoman Labourer
The skinning of the Aboma Snake, shot by Capt. Stedman
The Dorado, or Dolphin of the Moderns
The Pecary, or Mexican Hog
A private Marine of Col. Fourgeoud's Corps
Title Page
Victims for the Attoh Custom
The Military Post Vreedenburgh, at the Marawina
U.S. Brig Perry Vs. American Slave Ship Martha
A Capsize off Whydah
Title Page - Volume II
The So-Sin Victims

Maps

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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