Slave Coffle, Dahomey, 1850


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Source
Frederick E. Forbes, Dahomey and the Dahomans: being the journals of two missions to the king of Dahomey, and residence in his capital, in . . . 1849 and 1850 (London, 1851), vol. 1, facing p. 100.

Comments
"The Slave Chain," shows group linked together by chain or rope in front of a small building; European slave traders in background. Forbes describes his visit to Little Popo, "an extensive slave port . . . .The houses are badly built; that in which I am living forms the four sides of a square . . . . the fourth [side] is a stable and sleeping house for the blacks, many of whom have the small-pox" (vol. 1, pp. 98-100).