See also Middle Passage and the Love of Liberty: Texts and Sources


The fictional slave ship in "Ama" The Love of Liberty follows the route of the historical Middle Passage

Showing prevailing winds
map from:
Van Dantzig, A, Het Nederlandse Aandeel in de Slawenhandel Fibula 1968 (in Dutch)

credit:Koninklijke Biblioteek, Den Haag

Clarkson, Thomas,
The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade,
London 1808

The slave ship 'Brookes' built for 421 slaves; packed with 700.


A.   handcuffs
CDE thumbscrew
FGHI speculum oris
B foot shackles

Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 249 H 21


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