View of Fort at St. Louis, Senegal, 1780s


Renè Claude Geoffroy de Villeneuve, L'Afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains: le Sènègal (Paris, 1814), vol. 1, facing p. 63. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)


Caption, vue de l'ile St. Louis du Sènègal prise du cotè de la mer (view of the island of St. Louis, Senegal, taken from the sea side); note African houses. Villeneuve lived in the Senegal region for about two years in the mid-to-late 1780s. The engravings in his book, he writes, were made from drawings that were mostly done on the spot during his African residence (vol. 1, pp. v-vi). The same illustration appears in color in the English translation of Villeneuve; see Frederic Shoberl (ed.), Africa; containing a description of the manners and customs, with some historical particulars of the Moors of the Zahara . . . (London, 1821).

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