View of Kachao and Scenes of Manioc Preparation, early 18th cent.

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Image Reference

Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate xvi, facing p. 90; see also, Comments.

Top panel, "A North Prospect of the Town and Fort of Kachao"; bottom two panels, "Negros of Kachao and Bisao preparing the maniok root." Kachao was a Portuguese colony and town; manioc (cassava, yucca) a plant of New World origin. The bottom two images of manioc preparation are reversed versions published earlier in Jean Baptiste Labat, Nouveau voyage aux Isles de l'Amerique (Paris, 1722; vol. 1, between pp. 378 and 379; Paris, 1742 [see image JCB_35892-13 on this website]), and his Nouvelle Relation de l'Afrique Occidentale (Paris, 1728; vol. 5, facing p. 181).