Sirboko's Slaves Carrying Fuel and Cutting Rice
This image shows four men linked by chains, under guard. In the background, people are working rice fields. Although the scene reflects interactions with peoples from the Great Lakes region and illustrates indigenous domestic or household slavery surrounding rice production. Speke (1827–1864) made three expeditions in search for the source of the Nile. He was the first European to reach Lake Victoria. He is also known for propounding the Hamitic hypothesis in 1863, in which he supposed that the Wahuma ethnic group were descendants of the biblical figure Ham, and had lighter skin and more Hamitic features than the Bantu over whom they ruled. Sirboko was an African with whom Speke became acquainted.
John Hanning Speke, Journey of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile (New York, 1869), p. 117.
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"Sirboko's Slaves Carrying Fuel and Cutting Rice", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed June 24, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/421