Slave Coffle, Central Africa, 1874

Source

The Illustrated London News (April 15, 1876), vol. 68, p. 377.

Description

Caption: Slave Gang Passing Along the Edge of the Lushivi Marsh. From a sketch by Lieutenant Cameron in Central Africa. The engraving is based on a sketch that illustrates a lengthy account (p. 366) of Verney Lovett Cameron's voyage to Africa. Cameron, lauded by the ILN as one of the most successful of African geographical explorers had recently returned to England, having left in November 1872 under the auspices of the Royal Geographical Society. He traveled through Central and East Africa in the early 1870s, and witnessed this slave coffle in central Africa around 1874: the painful march of a slave gang, two or three score wretched women all tied together by knotted ropes, all heavily laden and driven on by the whip . . . . The slaves were kidnapped by a ruffian named Coimbra, a half-caste Portuguese from Bihe(p. 366). A similar engraving is published in Cameron's Across Africa (Leipzig, 1877), vol. 2, p. 147.

Date Created

1874

Language

English

Rights

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Identifier

iln377
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