Slave Coffle, Senegambia, early 19th cent.


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Image Reference
LCP-45

Source
A. [Abel] Hugo, France pittoresque ou description pittoresque, topographique et statistique des départments et colonies de la France (Paris, 1835), vol. 3, facing p. 270 (bottom). (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Comments
Caption:"Negres de traite en voyage" (Enslaved Negroes in Travel). This is supposed to depict a scene in the Senegal region showing enslaved Africans being taken to the coast for sale; note, the forked logs or tree branches around their necks, a common way in which slaves were linked in coffles.