Enchained Captured Africans, Sierra Leone, 1805

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This record was last updated on 18 Jan 2011

Image Reference

Francis B. Spilsbury, Account of a voyage to the Western coast of Africa; performed by His Majesty's sloop Favourite, in the year 1805 (London, 1807), facing p. 25 (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Captioned, "Slaves: Shewing the method of chaining them," this illustration portrays two (young) men wearing loin cloths. They are linked to each other by a chain, each end of which is padlocked around the neck of each person; similarly, padlocked ankle manacles are on the right leg of one and the left leg of the other. The author, a surgeon aboard the Favourite, made the "various sketches from which the accompanying engravings have been produced . . . the drawings and portraits were made on the spot" (pp. iii-iv).