Iron Collar and Chains Used by Slave Traders, early 19th cent.

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Faits relatifs a la traite des noirs (published by the Société de la morale Chrétienne. Comité pour l'abolition de la traite des noirs; Paris, 1826), p. 15. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

This image appears in a booklet published by a French society against the slave trade. It shows the metal collar and chain used by slavers to attach enslaved captives to one another. The heading says that the explanatory note was provided by a blacksmith from Nantes, presumably the type of person who manufactured such an object (Nantes was France's major slaving port at the time of this publication). The description under the illustration explains that when Africans are captured in the interior, this chain can hold them until they are embarked on the slave ships, and goes into detail on how this apparatus works and is used by slavers as they bring people to the coast. See also JCB_01203-2.