April 22, 2017

Attempt of a Brazilian Slaver to Run Down H.M.S. Phoenix on the Coast of Africa, 1850

Encounters between slavers and British naval vessels were common in the Atlantic, but rarely did a slaver try to run down a man of war. The following illustration shows one of such encounter between a Brazilian slaver and H.M.S. Phoenix.
The Illustrated London News, 24 August 1850. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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