Bense [Bunce] Island and Fort, Sierra Leone, ca. 1727

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Image Reference

William Smith, Thirty different drafts of Guinea (London, 1727), plate 8.

Shows physical details of this important British slave trading station. Note, the "Slave House" in the upper left hand corner; the "old" and "new" African towns outside of the fort are also shown. Smith made this survey for the Royal African Company. See also image "mariners17". An account of British slave trading activities and the importance of the island in the mid-18th century is given in, Sean M. Kelley, The Voyage of the Slave Ship Hare (The University of North Carolina Press, 2016), passim.