Arab Slavers Attacking Village, 1880s

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Hermann von Wissman, My Second Journey through Equatorial Africa from the Congo to the Zambesi in the years 1886 and 1887. Translated from the German (London, 1891), facing p. 186.

Caption, "The Arabs among the Benecki." Illustration shows Arab raiders, "eager to obtain slaves and ivory," chasing and slaying members of the West African Benecki, who attempted to flee into the forest. The Benecki always returned to their villages and fields, but when the harvest was ready, the slave traders would reappear to seize crops and people. The author writes that "war, slave-robbery, famine, and pestilence had actually been able to completely depopulate this densely populated territory " (pp. 185-86).