Horse- and Water-Powered Sugar Mills, French West Indies, 1762

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Denis Diderot, Encyclopédie, ou, Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Metiers . . . Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences . . . (Paris, 1762), vol. 1, plate II, figs. 1 and 2. (Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Shows slaves at work in two types of vertical roller sugar grinding mills: water (bottom) and horse (top). The illustration of the horse-powered mill seems to have been taken from an engraving that appeared earlier in Jean Baptiste Labat, Nouveau Voyage aux Isles de l'Amerique (Paris, 1722; see image reference NW0059 on this website).