Houses and Village Scenes, Sierra Leone, late 17th cent.

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Image Reference

John Barbot, A Description of the coasts of North and South-Guinea . . . Now first printed from his original manuscript, In Awnsham and John Churchill (compilers), Collection of Voyages (London, 1732), vol. 5, plate E, p. 99 (bottom). (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia; also, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Bottom shows various structures and activities in a Sierra Leone village. Barbot was "Agent-General of the Royal Company of Africa" . For details, see P.E.H. Hair, Adam Jones, and Robin Law, eds., Barbot on Guinea: The Writings of Jean Barbot on West Africa 1678-1712 (London: The Hakluyt Society, 1992), and image reference 2-312 on this website. A version of the bottom engraving is also published in, Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate xxvi, facing p. 313.