A View of Freetown, Sierra Leone,Dedicated by permisson to the Right Hon.ble Lord Glenelg Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Colonies by Patrick Leigh Strachan Esq.r. Private Secretary to His Excellency Rich.d Doherty, Governor in Chief of the Western Coast of Africa &c. &c. &c.
Published for him at 105 Leadenhall Street, London. Sep.t 14th 1832.
Extremely scarce aquatint, printed in colours with fine hand finishing. Sheet size: 435 x 660mm (17¼ x 26"). Trimmed within plate.
A view of the port and colony of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The figures in the foregound depict, on the left, two Europeans conversing with a 'Mandingo man and a liberatred African woman', and in the centre 'Shebro woman, a Foulah man, and a Kroo man', inhabitants of Freetown. Buildings on the opposite shore in the distance include the church missionary house, a 'Liberated African Department Store', the military hospital, a number of barracks, and many others. A numbered key is inscribed below the image. From 1808 to 1874, Freetown served as the capital of British West Africa and as the base for the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron, which was charged with enforcing the ban on the slave trade.
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