Negroes Swarming Trees
This image depicts palm oil production in the Senegambia region. Durand described how "the Negroes. . . climb [the trees] by means of a strong rope of cotton, or of palm leaves twisted together; this rope is long enough to embrace the trunk of the tree and the body of the man, leaving about two feet between them; he describes the palm tree, the popularity of palm wine, and the use of palm oil as a body ointment, in cooking, in the diet, and as a medicine" (p. 166-167). This image is one of several fanciful engravings created by the publisher for this volume and not based on an eye-witness sketch. Jean-Baptiste-Léonard Durand (1742-1812) was a French director for the Compagnie du Sénégal in 1785 and 1786. The first edition in French does not contain any images.
Jean Baptiste Durand, A voyage to Senegal . . . translated from the French, & embellished with numerous engravings (London, 1806), between pp. 166-167.
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"Negroes Swarming Trees", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed September 25, 2022, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1602