West African Domestic Life, late 17th cent.


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Image Reference
FROG-7

Source
Francois Froger, Relation d'un Voyage fait en 1695, 1696, & 1697 aux Cotes d'Afrique . . . Bresil, Cayenne & Isles Antilles (Paris, 1698), facing p. 7. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library; also The John Carter Brown Library)

Comments
Center background, palisaded village ("cases des negres"); in center, a woman with child on her back cultivating a garden; foreground, European trading with Africans (captioned "il faut achepter [sic] la permission de faire de l'eau en faisant present d'eau de vie a l'alcaty" [ i.e., in order to acquire fresh water one needs permission from the chief and must give him a present of brandy]); note, smoking pipe and weapons on figures on right. The 1699 Amsterdam edition contains a similar, albeit derivative copy, of this image (facing p. 7).