Paramaribo, Surinam, 1808

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Image Reference

John A. Waller, A Voyage in the West Indies (London, 1820), facing p. 60.

In foreground, slaves are rowing European visitors ashore from sailing vessel; another African (on left) is paddling a canoe. Waller, a surgeon in the British Navy, landed in Paramaribo in July 1808. As his ship approached the city, the Surinam river "becomes more and more interesting. The right bank ascending, appears covered with cultivated grounds and villas; the Dutch and the English too have spared neither pains nor expense to render their habitations delightful. These villas are principally the country residences of the citizens."