Sugar Curing House, 1762

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Image Reference

Denis Diderot, Encyclopédie, ou, Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers . . . Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences . . . (Paris, 1762), vol. 1, plate VI. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Shows sugar pots and jars; the geographical area is unidentified. After the sugar is processed in the boiling house, the raw (Muscavado) sugar is poured into the conical pots and the molasses drains into the jars below. Although a European is shown in this illustration, the job was commonly performed by slaves in the Caribbean and Brazil. A reversed version of this image is in M. Chambon, Le commerce de l'Amérique par Marseille (Avignon 1764) Vol. 1, plate IV (bottom), after p. 382), titled "Sucrerie".