A Black Cargo Ready for an Ocean Voyage. N.p., n.d.
5.75 x 9 in. print (affixed to foam core).
Various renderings of this image of the slave ship Brookes (out of Liverpool) were widely copied by abolition societies in the U.K. by 1790. Some showed up to five views of how people were packed in the holds of ships to undertake the "middle passage." These were used to emphasize the horrible conditions on the ships in the move to make slave trading illegal. In 1788 Parliament finally passed legislation limiting the number of enslaved people that could be transported - the first of the laws which would abolish the practice in England in 1833.
Fluvius Grandis (The Great River). [Amsterdam: Jacob Meurs, 1671]
11.5 x 14.5 in. two-sheet print (slight browning).
Copper engraved view of African enslaved persons working for the Portuguese at a settlement along the Amazon River. These mostly Yoruba tribesmen would eventually form Brazil's unique African-Brazilian population.
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