Sugar Islands in the Caribbean


This image is the frontispiece to an atlas of the Caribbean islands. It shows an idyllic view of the Caribbean, including a group of people, presumably enslaved, who somewhat improbably look healthy, content and in possession of leisure time. The impression is completed by the inclusion of a mother and child on the right of the picture. This image, very far from the truth of slavery, would have been intended for the consumption of the prosperous White people likely to be using the atlas.

CO 700/West Indies 21, f. 1 (c. 1780)

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