Houses and European Trading Post, Angola, 1786-87

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Louis de Grandpre, Voyage a la cote occidentale d'Afrique, fait dans les années 1786 et 1787 (Paris, 1801), vol. 1, facing p. 65. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Caption, "Quibangua et interieur d'un comptoir européen sur la cote d'Angola en Afrique" (Quibangua and the interior of a European trading post on the coast of Angola, in Africa). Referring to this illustration, the author writes that "all the houses in this area do not resemble one another, and that the ones near places frequented by Europeans are far superior. European merchants residing in the area raise their houses a few feet about the ground; these houses are called Quibangua" (p. 65; our translation). The enclosure on the ground level was used to enclose captives at night; on the left, one of the houses was the kitchen, the other for the clerk who carefully recorded all sales. The author was a French Naval officer who was mainly in the Angola region; engravings in his book were made from drawings done from his own observations in 1786-87.