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Slavery Collection

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.


1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 25 pg. 213-227

Available Books


Image Name
Ee-Que-Ah-Ek-Beh or Paying the Troubadours
Victims for the Attoh Custom
Shore and Roadstead of Jamestown, St. Helena
Limes, Capsicum, Mammy Apple &c
The Green Butterfly of South America
The Harangus Volans, or Flying Fish
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
Port Royal Harbour in Jamaica just before Sunrise
Sarah Forbes Bonnetta, the African Captive
The Jagnar, or Tiger of Terra Firma
The Shaddock Apple
Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, an Amazon in the Dahoman Army
A Rebel Negro armed & on his guard
Dahomey, Skull Ornaments and Banners
The Tamandua, & Coati-Mondi
City of Paramaribo, Surinam
The First Day of the Yam Custom
Cutting the Sugar-Cane on Delap's Estate, Antigua
Sprig of the Indigo Plant
A Mahi Village
Rural Retreat - The Cottage
Manner of Bush-fighting by the African Negroes
Tombs of Daho-Aho and Akabah
The Pecary, or Mexican Hog
A Surinam Planter in his Morning Dress
Front Cover
Arms, Ornaments & Furniture of the Indians
Inner Square of Apookoos House
A Map of Guiana
Graduation of Shades between Europe & Africa
The Quato & Sacccawinkee Monkeys
A private Marine of Col. Fourgeoud's Corps
Port Antonio, Jamaica at Sunrise from the Sea
Book Display
A Map of Dahomey with Part of Ashanti
The Rattle Snake & Dypsas of Guiana
A Woman
The Gun Custom
Carlisle Bay and Bridge Town, Barbadoes
View of the Town of Paramaribo, with the Road & Shipping from the opposite Shore
Azure blue Butterfly of South America
Prince Hahansus' Fetiche House
The Marine Oppossum of Terra-Firma
Slaves in Barbadoes
March thro' a swamp or Marsh, in Terra-firma
Front Cover
Planting the Sugar Cane on Bodkins Estate, Antigua
Interior of a Boiling House on Delap's Estate, Antigua
The Oldest House in Coomassee
The Jabiru, or Crane of Guiana
The Gates of Dahomey
A Negro hung alive by the Ribs to a Gallows
The Anamoe & Green Parrots of Guiana
Back Cover
The Fresh-water Fish called Dago-Fissee
The So-Sin Pavilions
The Slave Chain
Plan of the Town of Paramaribo
Title Page
Back Cover
Arab Soldier
The King's Sleeping Room
The Human Sacrifices of the Ek-gnee-noo-ah-toh
Manner of Sleeping in the Forest
Tombs of Agajah, Tegbwesun, Mpengula and Agongolu
View & Plan of the Fortress called Amsterdam
A Spanish Planter of Porto Rico Luxuriating in his Hammock
The Rock Cod, or Newmara
The Military Post Vreedenburgh, at the Marawina
Caribbee or Leeward Islands
The Crabbodago, or Grisson
Manner of catching Fish by the Spring-Basket
Back Cover
Representation of a Tent Boat, or Plantation Barge
Title Page
Back Cover
The Spur winged Water hen of Guiana
Court House, Saint John's, Antigua
Audience to the Perry's Officers by the Queen Of Ambrizette
Flagellation of a Female Samboe Slave
Group of Negros, as imported to be sold for Slaves
The Platform of the Ah-Toh
Female Quadroon Slave of Surinam
The Vampire or Spectre of Guiana
Indian Implements
The Agamy & Powese or Peacock Pheasant
A Moor
View of the three Encampments at the Wana Creek
Part of a Piazza in the Palace (I)
View of the Post Devil's Harwar; on Rio Cottica
The Reception of the Ah-Haussoo-Noh-Beh or Queen's Mouths
Sprig of the Cotton Tree
Ek-Bah-Tong-Ek-Beh or the Procession of the King's Wealth


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)
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)
A Voyage in the West Indies - Caribbee or Leeward Islands (1820)
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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