Bridgetown, Barbados, ca.1839
Panoramic view of Bridgetown in the immediate post-emancipation period; overlooking the town with its houses, two females are shown in the foreground, and a coach and horses in the center. It is doubtful if this scene was derived from an eyewitness drawing, but the illustration accompanies a brief article (pp. 17-18), by an unnamed author who apparently visited Barbados in early August of 1838 or 1839. The author comments on the vessels and activities in Carlisle Bay, gives a brief and conventional history of the island, briefly describes Bridgetown which he finds pleasant and containing about 1200 houses, and comments on the hawkers who are largely blacks or mulattos; he also notes that the islands black population is about four times as large as its white one and comments on its agricultural products and local customs.
Le Magasin Pittoresque (1840), p. 17
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