Buying Slaves, Havana, Cuba, 1837

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This record was last updated on 13 Nov 2013

Image Reference

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch, ed., The Story of the Sea (London, 1895-96), vol. 2, p. 440

Caption: "Selecting Others." Included in a lengthy chapter on the slave trade, this scene illustrates a description of slave trading in Cuba by a British naval officer, Richard Grant, who visited Havana in 1837. Grant describes the slave market, "the barracones," and reports on a "Spanish gentleman who had purchased eight slaves, and was selecting others . . ." (pp. 439-440). This illustration is sometimes reproduced in secondary sources which erroneously give the impression it is based on an eye-witness drawing; however, the illustration is the late nineteenth century artist's imaginative rendering and is a fabrication.