A Man and Woman, Slaves in Surinam, 1718

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Image Reference

J. D. Herlein, Beschryvinge van de volk-plantinge Zuriname (Leeuwarden, 1718), plate 3, following p. 94. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)

Two slaves against a backdrop of sugar fields. Woman, on right, is seated under a tree, with basket filled with fruits and vegetables; she wears bead bracelets, armlets, earrings, and a large bead necklace. The man, wearing a loin cloth, holds a spade in one hand and a cutlass or knife in the other, with a bunch of sugar cane under his arm. Letters A-D, very briefly identify the images in this scene. As translated: A, Negro; B, Negress; C, Sugar Cane; D, A "pagaal," or basket for carrying produce.