House Types, Cape Mesurado, 1720s

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Image Reference

Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate 51, facing p. 527. This is a reversed version of the same illustration published in Jean Baptiste Labat, Voyage du Chevalier des Marchais en Guinee . . .fait en 1725, 1726, & 1727 (Paris, 1730), vol. 1, facing p. 121. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "Negro-houses of Cape Mesurado" (present-day Liberia); shows structures used for various domestic purposes, each identified by a letter e.g., kitchen, preparation of millet and rice, "the palaver" room; also the marketplace (see Astley, p. 525 ff. for description); the original in Labat identifies the same features.