Houses and European Trading Post, Angola, 1786-87

Description

Caption, Quibangua et interieur d'un comptoir europèen sur la cote d'Angola en Afrique (Quibangua and the interior of a European trading post on the coast of Angola, in Africa). Referring to this illustration, the author writes that all the houses in this area do not resemble one another, and that the ones near places frequented by Europeans are far superior. European merchants residing in the area raise their houses a few feet about the ground; these houses are called Quibangua (p. 65; our translation). The enclosure on the ground level was used to enclose captives at night; on the left, one of the houses was the kitchen, the other for the clerk who carefully recorded all sales. The author was a French Naval officer who was mainly in the Angola region; engravings in his book were made from drawings done from his own observations in 1786-87.

Source

Louis de Grandpre, Voyage a la cote occidentale d'Afrique, fait dans les annèes 1786 et 1787 (Paris, 1801), vol. 1, facing p. 65. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)

Language

French

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

LCP-06

Spatial Coverage

Africa--West Central North

Citation

"Houses and European Trading Post, Angola, 1786-87", 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/1662
Caption, Quibangua et interieur d'un comptoir europèen sur la cote d'Angola en Afrique (Quibangua and the interior of a European trading post on the coast of Angola, in Africa). Referring to this illustration, the author writes that all the houses in this area do not resemble one another, and that the ones near places frequented by Europeans are far superior. European merchants residing in the area raise their houses a few feet about the ground; these houses are called Quibangua (p. 65; our translation). The enclosure on the ground level was used to enclose captives at night; on the left, one of the houses was the kitchen, the other for the clerk who carefully recorded all sales. The author was a French Naval officer who was mainly in the Angola region; engravings in his book were made from drawings done from his own observations in 1786-87.
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