'Negroes Sunday-Market at Antigua'

Markets, like this one in Antigua, were an important part of the local economies of the Caribbean islands. Planters were obliged to provide food for their enslaved labourers. To limit their costs, they allowed the slave to grow their own crops on scraps of land unsuitable for sugar production. These ‘provision grounds’ produced the commodities that were sold at market. In some islands, the revenue generated by the markets made up to 20% of the economy. The money raised was sometimes used by the enslaved to buy their freedom.

Object Details

ID: ZBA2594
Collection: Fine art; Special collections
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Testolini, Gaetano; Cordon Beastall, W. E.
Date made: 1806
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Enslavement and Resistance
People: Cordon; Testolini, Gaetano Beastall, W. E.
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Measurements: Sheet: 399 mm x 463 mm; Image: 329 mm x 428 mm; Mount: 485 mm x 638 mm

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