Black Marriage at Goree
This image depicts conical roofed houses and musical instruments on Gorée in the Senegambia region. According to Durand, "a girl is frequently betrothed to a man as soon as she is born. . . On the day agreed on for the marriage, the bridegroom places on the road which the bride has to pass, several of his people at different distances, with brandy and other refreshments; for if these articles are not furnished in abundance, the conductors of the bride will not advance a step further, though they may have got three parts of the journey. On approaching the town, they stop, and are joined by friends of the bridegroom, who testify their joy by shouting, drinking, and letting off their pieces," i.e., firing guns (p. 104-105). 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 p. 104-105.
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"Black Marriage at Goree", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 16, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1604