Europeans Repay African Hospitality

In this picture, shipwrecked sailors are shown repaying their rescuers by enslaving them.

The man on the right may be an African middleman. Generally, Europeans did not travel into the hinterland - it was considered too dangerous. Instead, they relied on local traders to capture men, women and children to sell on into slavery.

This print was based on a pair of paintings by George Morland, first exhibited in 1788, and was probably used in support of the abolitionist cause.

National Maritime Museum ZBA 2507 (c. 1788-1812)
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