Indigo Production, French West Indies, 1667
Titled Indigoterie, this picture shows various phases of the cultivation and processing of indigo as well as illustrating other plants and trees. Captions underneath are linked to numbers in the illustration, and these are sometimes cross-referenced to pages where more details are given. Equipment and procedures used in indigo are shown (6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14). Also depicted are plants (1, 4, 12 [indigo]) and trees (2, 5); the dye plant annatto (rocou) is being crushed in a mortar (3). Enslaved males and females are depicted, as well as a European overseer. Other versions of this illustration can be found in: Jean-Baptiste Labat, Nouveau Voyage aux Isles de l'Amerique (Paris, 1722, vol. 1, between pp. 168 and 169; also Paris, 1742, vol.1, following p. 268 [see image JCB_35892-10 on this website], and Pierre Pomet, A complete history of drugs (London, 1748, 4th ed.); see image Pomet-92 on this website.
Jean Baptiste DuTertre, Histoire Générale des Antilles Habitées par les Francois (Paris, 1667), vol. 2, p. 107. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)
DuTertre, Jean Baptiste
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