Marketplace, Mompox, Colombia, 1826

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Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny, Voyage pittoresque dans les deux Amériques...(Paris, 1836), p. 59, fig. 2. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, “Marché de Mompox.” The author visited Mompox, the largest inland Colombia town containing the largest proportion of free people of color (also inhabited by small numbers of black slaves and whites). He described its architecture and remarked on its busy and well-stocked markets. The main marketplace, shown in this engraving, was on the banks of the Magdalena river. The picture shows fish sellers in the canoes, farmers with their goods; at the foot of a tree a woman sells pottery and a man sells a turtle/tortoise. The author notes that all kinds of fruits, fresh meat, poultry and vegetables are abundant in this lively market (pp. 80-81).