Slave Auction, Martinique, 1826

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Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny, Voyage pittoresque dans les deux Amériques...(Paris, 1836), facing p. 14, fig. 4. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Caption, "Une Vente de Negres" (Slave Sale). The author witnessed the sale by a planter whose business had failed. He describes how the bodies of slaves to be sold were inspected and scrutinized by prospective buyers (p. 24). The engraving shows a black woman (center) being examined by whites; other Africans awaiting sale, white auctioneers on the right.