Buying Slaves, Havana, Cuba, 1837


Click on the image to open a larger version in a new window.
previous image return to thumbnails next image

If you are interested in using this image, please consult Acknowledging the Website.

This record was last updated on 13 Nov 2013

Image Reference
mariners10

Source
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, ed., The Story of the Sea (London, 1895-96), vol. 2, p. 440

Comments
Caption: "Selecting Others." Included in a lengthy chapter on the slave trade, this scene illustrates a description of slave trading in Cuba by a British naval officer, Richard Grant, who visited Havana in 1837. Grant describes the slave market, "the barracones," and reports on a "Spanish gentleman who had purchased eight slaves, and was selecting others . . ." (pp. 439-440). This illustration is sometimes reproduced in secondary sources which erroneously give the impression it is based on an eye-witness drawing; however, the illustration is the late nineteenth century artist's imaginative rendering and is a fabrication.