Female Seller of Candy/Sweets, Cuba, 1871

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Samuel Hazard, Cuba with pen and pencil (Hartford, Conn., 1871), p.167

Shows an enslaved woman with a basket on her head, another under her arm, and a tray in her hand. In general the dulce sellers, the author writes, "are neat-looking mulatto women, rather better attired than most of the colored women one meets in the street. They carry a basket on the arm, or perhaps upon the head, while in their hands they have a waiter, with all sorts of sweetmeats--mostly, however, the preserved fruits of the country, and which are very delicious . . . . [the dulce sellers] usually are sent out by private families, the female members of which make these dulces for their living, the saleswomen often being the only property they own, and having no other way (or, perhaps, too proud, if they have) of gaining a livelihood" (p. 167). The author visited Cuba ca. 1866.