|Revolt aboard a
Slave Ship, 1787
|From William Fox, A
Brief History of the Wesleyan Missions on the West Coast of Africa (London,
1851), facing p. 116.
|Shows crowded top
deck of slave ship, ship's crew firing guns on slaves; some Africans diving
overboard. This colored illustration (in a copy of the Fox book located at
Widener Library, Harvard University) was first published in black and white
in Carl B. Wadstrom, An Essay on Colonization, particularly applied to the
Western coast of Africa... in Two Parts (London, 1794, 1795; reprinted New
York, A.M. Kelley, 1968).
|Every slave ship
captain's worst nightmare, an all-out rebellion (ca. 1820). This rebellion is obviously failing; the
heavily armed crew has rallied on the high poopdeck, and despairing rebels
have begun to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean. From Thomas, SLAVE TRADE, plate #55.