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"Negro Hamlet" (caption translation). This engraving shows several houses on a plantation near a river. Benoit described the layout of these slave houses being located "several hundred feet from various plantation buildings, and within view of the master's house or the lodgings of the watchmen, is the hamlet that is composed of many huts, constructed of wooden planks and covered with banana/plantain leaves, with a small door and two small windows. . . These houses are surrounded by palisades/fences to protect the vegetables and poultry" (p. 30). Pierre Jacques Benoit (1782-1854) was a Belgian artist, who visited the Dutch colony of Suriname on his own initiative for several months in 1831. He stayed in Paramaribo, but visited plantations, maroon communities and indigenous villages inland.
"Figure 49" in Pierre Jacques Benoit, Voyage à Surinam; description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane (Bruxelles: Société des Beaux-Arts de Wasme et Laurent, 1839).
Benoit, Pierre Jacques
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