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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
Back Cover
Procession of Ministers
The Oldest House in Coomassee
U.S. Brig Perry Vs. American Slave Ship Martha
Skull Ornaments and Banners of Dahomey
Tombs of Agajah, Tegbwesun, Mpengula and Agongolu
A Coromantyn Free Negro, or Ranger, armed
Europe supported by Africa & America
Ek-Bah-Tong-Ek-Beh or the Procession of the King's Wealth
Plan of a regular Coffee Plantation
The Platform of the Ah-Toh
Frontispiece Portrait of the Author
Manner of catching Fish by the Spring-Hook
The Sugar Cane, in its four different Stages
View of Clarenbeek, on the River Commewine
Sheet Music (II)
Gezo, King of Dahomey
The Armed Barges, commanded by Capt. Stedman
Group of Negros, as imported to be sold for Slaves
The Yellow Woodpecker & Wood-louse fowl
A Mahi Village
A Map of Surinam
Sheet Music (I)
The Jaw, Umbrella, Gelele's Stool, Guns, Sticks, Swords etc.
Interior of a Negro House
The Fruit called Avoira
The Rock Cod, or Newmara
Title Page
View of the Estate Alkmaar, on the River Commewine
Back Cover
Flagellation of a Female Samboe Slave
A Negro hung alive by the Ribs to a Gallows
Cutting the Sugar-Cane on Delap's Estate, Antigua
The Saw Fish & part of the Head reversed.
View of the Camp at the Java Creek
Limes, Capsicum, Mammy Apple &c
Plan of the Town of Paramaribo
The Military Post Vreedenburgh, at the Marawina
The Quato & Sacccawinkee Monkeys
The Ai, & the Unan; or the Sheep & Dog Sloth
Title Page
The Shark & Remora
The Tokpon
The Alligator or Cayman of Surinam
Sprig of the Cotton Tree
Interior of a Boiling House on Delap's Estate, Antigua
Port Royal Harbour in Jamaica just before Sunrise
Slaves in Barbadoes
The Fetish Man and the Governor of Whydah
Front Cover
City of Paramaribo, Surinam
The Reception at Kana
Title Page
Sprig of the Indigo Plant
Back Cover
View of the Post Devil's Harwar; on Rio Cottica
A Dahoman Labourer
The Humming Bird, with its nest &c
Part of Adoom Street
Back Cover
The Musk Melon, Water Melon & Pine Apple
The Mountain Cabbage & Maureecee Tree
Odumatas Sleeping Room
Caribbee or Leeward Islands
The King's Sleeping Room
The Manicole & the Cocoa-Nut Tree
The So-Sin Pavilions
View near Maroon Town
The Toucan & the Fly-catcher
A Captain
Shipping Sugar, Willoughby Bay, Antigua
The Gun Custom
The Fresh-water Fish called Dago-Fissee
Sheet Music (IV)
Graduation of Shades between Europe & Africa
March thro' a swamp or Marsh, in Terra-firma
The Crabbodago, or Grisson
The Vampire or Spectre of Guiana
The Armadillo & Porcupine of Guiana
A Mill Yard, on Gamble's Estate, Antigua
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
Audience to the Perry's Officers by the Queen Of Ambrizette
The Rattle Snake & Dypsas of Guiana
The Dorado, or Dolphin of the Moderns
Inner Square of Apookoos House
View of the Constable Rocks, off Cayenne, from N.E.
Title Page
Title Page
A Capsize off Whydah
Front Cover


Map Name
Dahomey As It Is - A Map of Dahomey with Part of Ashanti (1874)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 1 - A Map of Guiana (1796)
A Voyage in the West Indies - Caribbee or Leeward Islands (1820)
Narrative, of a Five Years Expedition Vol. 1 - A Map of Suriname (1796)
Algiers: Being a Complete Picture of the Barbary States - Map of Barbary (1817)
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)


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