Village of Liberated Africans, Gambia, 1835
Caption: Liberated Africans, Gambia. Shows village of Melville, including circular wattle-and-daub houses, inhabited by Africans who had been liberated from slave ships by the British navy. The author briefly describes the houses, their furniture and utensils, gardens, and the dress and speech/language of the inhabitants. For the liberated Africans, he writes are composed of so many different tribes, ignorant of each other's language, that . . . they are obliged to learn a smattering of English to communicate with each other (pp. 75-76).
James Edward Alexander, Narrative of a voyage of observation among the colonies of Western Africa . . . in 1835 (London, 1837), vol. 1, facing p. 76.
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