Kelsey Rogers

View of Funchal, Madeira Island, 1859

Madeira was originally a center of slavery and was also a stop on the slave-trading routes. It was a port of call for not only for slavers but also for naval ships who worked to suppress the slave trade. The Illustrated London News, 22 January 1859. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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View of Valparaiso, Chile, 1859

Chile had signed treaties with the British empire to assist them in the suppression of the slave trade. Valparaiso is also known for having the continent’s first volunteer fire department which must have come in handy when a portion of the city was set ablaze in 1859. Valparaiso would later be nicknamed the “Jewel of […]

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View of Portland, Maine, USA, 1859

Portland, Maine was known for shipping out Southern slave-grown cotton to the rest of the world. The suppression of the slave trade may have prevented new slaves from coming to the United States but it did not thwart thriving industry of Southern slave-grown cotton. The Illustrated London News, 1 January 1859. Courtesy of University of […]

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Young Serrawoolie Woman, 1858

A young Serrawoolie Woman dressed in her traditional garb. The Serrawoolies were a migratory group and practiced Islam which, according to the ILN, they ‘engrafted with Fetishism.’ The Illustrated London News, 24 April 1858. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries.

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