River Boat and Boatmen, Surinam, 1826

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Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny, Voyage pittoresque dans les deux Amériques (Paris, 1836), facing p. 30, fig. 3. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Captioned “Bargue ou Bateau de Surinam,” these large “elegant and picturesque” barges, the author wrote, are used on the rivers by the white creoles and are rowed by black oarsmen; a black skipper at the helm controls the rudder (p. 38). Shown in the engraving are 6 black oarsmen; a black servant/slave is lounging on the roof of the "pavillion," holding an umbrella. Amerindians are on the river bank, in lower right hand corner.