House Types, Cape Mesurado (Liberia), 1720s


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This record was last updated on 19 Mar 2016

Image Reference
2-527

Source
Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate 51, facing p. 527. This is a reversed version of the same illustration published in Jean Baptiste Labat, Voyage du Chevalier des Marchais en Guinee . . . fait en 1725, 1726, & 1727 (Paris, 1730), vol. 1, facing p. 121.

Comments
Caption, "Negro-houses of Cape Mesurado" (present-day Liberia). Structures used for household and domestic economic activities, each identified by a letter e.g., kitchen, preparation of millet and rice, "the palaver" (meeting) room; also the marketplace (see Astley, p. 525 ff. for description). The original in Labat identifies the same features.