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[CARIB] The British Library: Caribbean Collection

Greetings Everyone:

The British Library's virtual collection of 18th and early 19th century images is linked to the url below. It's introduction describes the collection as:

"Images, maps and texts from the 18th and early 19th centuries reveal contrasting experiences of life on and around plantations in the former British colonies."

Make sure that you use the browse feature to view other images in the collection. Some include original digitized texts that describe slavery. One text is described below:

A New Account Of Some Parts Of Guinea & The Slave Trade:

"Extract from William Snelgrave's 'A New Account of Some Parts of Guinea, and the Slave Trade.' Snelgrave was a British sea captain in the 18th century and wrote of his experiences as a slave trader on the coast of Guinea. He saw himself as an humane trader and tried to justify the trade by suggesting that many of the men, women and children were lawbreakers, debtors and prisoners of war and that it was common practice in Africa for these groups to be enslaved and sold. He describes in detail four uprisings on slave ships in passage to the West Indies: three were suppressed by the ships' crews and in the fourth the captain was killed along with 80 of the enslaved men and women."

Many thanks to the British Library for its presentation of 18th and 19th Caribbean life.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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