Cultivating Village Garden, Central Africa, 1858-64

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David and Charles Livingstone, Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries; and of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa, 1858-1864 (London, 1865; reprinted New York, 1866), p. 499. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

A group of women, (one with child on her back) with short-handled hoes; one carries a basket on her head; houses in background. "The only instrument of husbandry here is the short-handled hoe; and about [the village of] Tette the labour of tilling the soil, as represented in the woodcut, is performed entirely by female slaves" (Livingstone, p. 499).