Cross-section of French Slave Ship Aurore, 1784

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Image Reference

Les Anneaux de la Mémoire: Nantes-Europe, Afrique, Amériques (Nantes, France, 1992). (Catalog for an exhibition on the slave trade, shown at the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes 1992-1994)

Artist's reconstruction of decks aboard the Aurore, which sailed from La Rochelle, France, in 1784, acquired about 500 Africans from West Central Africa, and sold its captives in Saint Domingue. The illustration shows “tight packing” of captives and storage areas. This illustration was apparently produced expressly for the museum exhibition in Nantes, and was done by Jean Boudriot, a naval architect; it is a composite of two of his earlier drawings which were first published in his Traite et Navire Négrier l’Aurore (Paris, 1984), pp. 38-39, 46-47. See also image references E010, F001, H001. For a discussion of this and other late 18th century slaving vessels, see Herbert S. Klein, The Atlantic Slave Trade: Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 146-150. David Moore helped in the identification of this source.