Enslaved Africans Being Loaded into Hold of Slave Ship

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Image Reference

J. F. Ade Ajayi and Michael Crowder (eds.), Historical Atlas of Africa (Harlow, Essex, England, 1985), chap. 42; original source not identified.

The image shown here has been cropped from a larger illustration shown, for example, on the Getty Images/Hulton Archive website (image 3324442) and captioned "On Board a Slave Ship"; no primary source is given. The same image appears on the Mary Evans Picture Library (London) website, but with no caption (picture # 10011127). Although the MEPL vaguely cites Cassell's History of England as the primary source, we have been unable to verify the citation in several editions of Cassell's history and the citation may be wrong. The image has also been published in a number of secondary sources and websites, but never with a primary source given. Whatever the case, this illustration appears to be based on an artist's imagination, rather than an eyewitness drawing.