Village in the Western Sudan, 1796

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Image Reference

Mungo Park, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa . . . in the years 1795, 1796, 1797 (London, 1799), facing p. 252. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Panoramic view of Kamalia, showing architecture of houses and layout of compounds; also people engaged in various activities. "Kamalia, a small town . . . where the inhabitants collect gold in considerable quantities. The Bushreens [Muslims] here live apart from the Kafirs ["pagans"], and have built their huts in a scattered manner, at a short distance from the town . . . . I was conducted to the house of a Bushreen . . . [who] was collecting a coffle of slaves . . . to sell them to the Europeans on the Gambia" (Park, pp. 252-53). The engraving was taken from a drawing that was based on a sketch made by Park.