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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
The Fetish Man and the Governor of Whydah
A Map of Guiana
Inner Square of Apookoos House
The Tail Dancers
Sprig of the Tamarind Tree
Arms, Ornaments & Furniture of the Indians
Order of March
Caribbee or Leeward Islands
The King's Sleeping Room
The Human Sacrifices of the Ek-gnee-noo-ah-toh
The Fresh-water Fish called Dago-Fissee
Musical Instruments of the Afrocan Negroes
Odumatas Sleeping Room
A Negro hung alive by the Ribs to a Gallows
Graduation of Shades between Europe & Africa
Plan of the Town of Paramaribo
The skinning of the Aboma Snake, shot by Capt. Stedman
Map of Barbary
Interior of a Negro House
Female Quadroon Slave of Surinam
Dahomey, Skull Ornaments and Banners
Court House, Saint John's, Antigua
View of the Blue Bergh called Mount Parnassus
View of the Town of Paramaribo, with the Road & Shipping from the opposite Shore
Front Cover
The Plantation Tree, and the Banana
Procession of Ministers
The Quato & Sacccawinkee Monkeys
The Armed Barges, commanded by Capt. Stedman
The So-Sin Pavilions
The Yellow Woodpecker & Wood-louse fowl
The Spur winged Water hen of Guiana
Flagellation of a Female Samboe Slave
The Spoon Bill or Shoveler
A Female Negro Slave, with a Weight chained to her Ancle
The Amazonian Elephant Hunters
Holeing a Cane-Piece on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
The Fruit called Avoira
Sarah Forbes Bonnetta, the African Captive
Sheet Music (IV)
The Platform of the Ah-toh
Christian Slavery at Algiers (I)
The Agamy & Powese or Peacock Pheasant
View of L'Esperance, or the Hope, on the Commewine
A Map of Dahomey with Part of Ashanti
The Oldest House in Coomassee
Front Cover
Interior of a Distillery, on Delap's Estate, Antigua
Shore and Roadstead of Jamestown, St. Helena
The Alligator or Cayman of Surinam
Azure blue Butterfly of South America
Indian Family of the Carribee Nation
The Mountain Cabbage & Maureecee Tree
Part of a Piazza in the Palace (I)
Limes, Capsicum, Mammy Apple &c
The First Day of the Yam Custom
A Chief of the Bosjesmans or Bush Negroes on a Visit to the Governor of Paramaribo Arwawkas, and Charibes or Caribbee Indians at Surinam
Shipping Sugar, Willoughby Bay, Antigua
Sheet Music (I)
The Shark & Remora
The Sugar Cane, in its four different Stages
The Mecoo & Kishee Kishee Monkeys
U.S. Brig Perry Vs. American Slave Ship Martha
Dey of Algiers
Port Antonio, Jamaica at Sunrise from the Sea
A Coromantyn Free Negro, or Ranger, armed
The Slave Chain
The Vampire or Spectre of Guiana
Christians in Slavery
A Map of Surinam
The Tiger Cat of Surinam
The Tapir, or Hippopotamus of South America
Part of the Quarters of the Mission
Exterior of a Boiling House, on Weatherell's Estate, Antigua
The Blue & Crimson Butterfly of South America
Title Page
Tombs of Daho-Aho and Akabah
Part of Adoom Street
Christian Slavery at Algiers (II)
Title Page
The Jaw, Umbrella, Gelele's Stool, Guns, Sticks, Swords etc.
Prince Hahansus' Fetiche House
The Marine Oppossum of Terra-Firma
Frontispiece Portrait of the Author
The Agouti, or Indian Coney
Audience to the Perry's Officers by the Queen Of Ambrizette
Title Page
The Tamandua, & Coati-Mondi
Sheet Music (II)
View of the Constable Rocks, off Cayenne, from N.E.
Back Cover


Map Name
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)
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. 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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