Going Fishing


This is one of a number of drawings depicting fishing from the journals of Jean Barbot, who traded along the West African coast in the 1670s and 1680s.

Various methods for fishing at night are shown here. In the background, men are using cast-nets as well as what appear to be lobster pots, or are simply lifting fish straight out of the water. In the foreground, fish are being speared from two-man canoes. The smoke and light coming from the canoes represent the cooking fire inside, made on a large stone, which fisherman would keep alight for their meals.

ADM 7/830B, f. 51 (1688)
   
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