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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 Fetish Man and the Governor of Whydah
Title Page
Holeing a Cane-Piece on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
The Anamoe & Green Parrots of Guiana
View of L'Esperance, or the Hope, on the Commewine
A Map of Guiana
Exterior of a Boiling House, on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
Manner of Bush-fighting by the African Negroes
Skull Ornaments and Banners of Dahomey
Back Cover
The Armadillo & Porcupine of Guiana
The Green Butterfly of South America
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
A Surinam Planter in his Morning Dress
The Groo-groo, or Palm Tree Worms
Caribbee or Leeward Islands
The Platform of the Ah-Toh
The First Day of the Yam Custom
The Platform of the Ah-toh
The Lake of Blood
Order of March
The Tokpon
Front Cover
Sarah Forbes Bonnetta, the African Captive
The celebrated Graman Quacy
Musical Instruments of the Afrocan Negroes
Title Page
Dey of Algiers
Representation of a Tent Boat, or Plantation Barge
The Bajew, or Stag of Guiana
View of the Camp at the Java Creek
The Rattle Snake & Dypsas of Guiana
The Shark & Remora
The Manicole & the Cocoa-Nut Tree
Captain in His War Dress
The Alligator or Cayman of Surinam
The Saw Fish & part of the Head reversed.
Indian Family of the Carribee Nation
Title Page
Planting the Sugar Cane on Bodkins Estate, Antigua
The Gates of Dahomey
The Fresh-water Fish called Dago-Fissee
Title Page
Sheet Music (I)
Front Cover
The Yellow Woodpecker & Wood-louse fowl
The Slave Chain
The Pingo Warree, or Wild Boar of Guiana
Graduation of Shades between Europe & Africa
Plan of a regular Coffee Plantation
Title Page
Sheet Music (II)
Part of a Piazza in the Palace (II)
Audience to the Perry's Officers by the Queen Of Ambrizette
Sprig of the Cocao, or Chocolate Tree
The So-Sin Pavilions
Frontispiece Portrait of the Author
Tombs of Daho-Aho and Akabah
Sprig of the Tamarind Tree
Manner of Sleeping in the Forest
Ee-Que-Ah-Ek-Beh or Paying the Troubadours
The Plantation Tree, and the Banana
Title Page
The King's Sleeping Room
The Jaw, Umbrella, Gelele's Stool, Guns, Sticks, Swords etc.
Specimens of the Vahie Phonetic
View near Maroon Town
A Mill Yard, on Gamble's Estate, Antigua
Manner of catching Fish by the Spring-Hook
City of Paramaribo, Surinam
The Ai, & the Unan; or the Sheep & Dog Sloth
Family of Negro Slaves from Loango
Christian Slavery at Algiers (II)
March thro' a swamp or Marsh, in Terra-firma
View of Calays, & the Creek Caswinica
The Tapir, or Hippopotamus of South America
The Mountain Cabbage & Maureecee Tree
Map of Barbary
A Dahoman Labourer
The Armed Barges, commanded by Capt. Stedman
The Wirrebocerra, or Small Deer
The Spur winged Water hen of Guiana
U.S. Brig Perry Vs. American Slave Ship Martha
The Blue & Crimson Butterfly of South America
View of Clarenbeek, on the River Commewine
The So-Sin Victims
View of the Encampment at Jerusalem
The Tiger Cat of Surinam
Back Cover
Dahomey, Skull Ornaments and Banners
Front Cover
View of the Town of Paramaribo, with the Road & Shipping from the opposite Shore
The Amazonian Elephant Hunters
Prince Hahansus' Fetiche House
The Crabbodago, or Grisson


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


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