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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.

References:

1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 25 pg. 213-227

Available Books

Images

Image Name
Title Page
A Capsize off Whydah
Mufti
The Lake of Blood
The Ai, & the Unan; or the Sheep & Dog Sloth
View of the Post Devil's Harwar; on Rio Cottica
The Pecary, or Mexican Hog
The Armed Barges, commanded by Capt. Stedman
The Alligator or Cayman of Surinam
The Pingo Warree, or Wild Boar of Guiana
Plan of a regular Coffee Plantation
Carlisle Bay and Bridge Town, Barbadoes
A Coromantyn Free Negro, or Ranger, armed
Front Cover
Title Page
Front Cover
Exterior of a Distillery on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
Front Cover
Cutting the Sugar-Cane on Delap's Estate, Antigua
Map of Barbary
Title Page
Port Antonio, Jamaica at Sunrise from the Sea
Arab Soldier
Inner Square of Apookoos House
Caribbee or Leeward Islands
The Green Butterfly of South America
A Mahi Village
The Leguana or Iguana Lizard of Guiana
The Tapir, or Hippopotamus of South America
The Quato & Sacccawinkee Monkeys
The Red Curlew of Surinam
The Shark & Remora
The Tamandua, & Coati-Mondi
Joanna
Ee-Que-Ah-Ek-Beh or Paying the Troubadours
Map
Group of Negros, as imported to be sold for Slaves
March thro' a swamp or Marsh, in Terra-firma
The Execution of Breaking on the Rack
The Blue & Yellow & the Anazon Macaw
Sprig of the Cotton Tree
The Vampire or Spectre of Guiana
The So-Sin Victims
Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, an Amazon in the Dahoman Army
The Wood-Rat of Surinam
The Crabbodago, or Grisson
A Surinam Planter in his Morning Dress
The Musk Melon, Water Melon & Pine Apple
The Wirrebocerra, or Small Deer
Part of the Quarters of the Mission
The Manati, or Sea Cow of Guiana
Tomb of King Gezu
Exterior of a Boiling House, on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
The Armadillo & Porcupine of Guiana
Back Cover
Arms, Ornaments & Furniture of the Indians
The Fresh-water Fish called Dago-Fissee
Court House, Saint John's, Antigua
Holeing a Cane-Piece on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
The So-Sin Pavilions
Manner of Sleeping in the Forest
Audience to the Perry's Officers by the Queen Of Ambrizette
The Fetish Man and the Governor of Whydah
Title Page
The King's Sleeping Room
The Rattle Snake & Dypsas of Guiana
The Military Post Vreedenburgh, at the Marawina
The celebrated Graman Quacy
The Anamoe & Green Parrots of Guiana
The skinning of the Aboma Snake, shot by Capt. Stedman
Planting the Sugar Cane on Bodkins Estate, Antigua
The Rock Cod, or Newmara
U.S. Brig Perry Vs. American Slave Ship Martha
Title Page
A Rebel Negro armed & on his guard
Christians in Slavery
Front Cover
Title Page
Sarah Forbes Bonnetta, the African Captive
View of the Estate Alkmaar, on the River Commewine
Order of March
The Humming Bird, with its nest &c
A Moor
The Agamy & Powese or Peacock Pheasant
A Map of Dahomey with Part of Ashanti
View & Plan of the Fortress called Amsterdam
Sprig of the Indigo Plant
The Plantation Tree, and the Banana
Family of Negro Slaves from Loango
Front Cover
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
The Fruit called Avoira
The Spur winged Water hen of Guiana
Algiers
The First Day of the Yam Custom
Skull Ornaments and Banners of Dahomey

Maps

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

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