This image depicts an enslaved woman selling sweets with a basket on her head, another under her arm, and a tray in her hand. Hazard explained how "dulce sellers are neat-looking mulatto women, rather better attired than most of the colored women one meets in the street. They carry a basket on the arm, or perhaps upon the head, while in their hands they have a waiter, with all sorts of sweetmeats - mostly, however, the preserved fruits of the country, and which are very delicious. . . [the dulce sellers] usually are sent out by private families, the female members of which make these dulces for their living, the saleswomen often being the only property they own, and having no other way (or, perhaps, too proud, if they have) of gaining a livelihood" (p. 167). Samuel Hazard (1834-1876) was an American publisher and bookseller from Pennsylvania, who collected engravings and prints. After joining the union army, he rose through the ranks as brevet major until he resigned on surgeon's certificate of disability in 1865. After, he traveled to Cuba and Santo Domingo as a correspondent of the Philadelphia Press during protracted conflict related to the decolonization of the Spanish Caribbean.
Samuel Hazard, Cuba with pen and pencil (Hartford, Conn., 1871), p.167.
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