Decks of French Slave Ship Aurore, 1784

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Published in the exhibition catalog Les Anneaux de la Memoire: Nantes-Europe-Afriques-Ameriques, Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France, Dec. 1992-Feb. 1994. See comments for original source.

Artist's reconstruction of decks aboard the Aurore, which sailed from La Rochelle in 1784, picked up about 500 Africans from north of the Congo River, and sold its captives in Saint Domingue. The illustration shows tight packing of captives and storage areas. This illustration was apparently produced expressly for the exhibition in Nantes, and was done by Jean Boudriot; it is a composite of two of his earlier drawings which were first published in his Traite et Navire Negrier lAurore (Paris: published by author, 1984), pp. 38-39, 46-47. David Moore helped in the identification of this source.