Collaboration, Modernity and Colonial Rule: Sidiyya Baba and Mauritania

By David Robinson

Gum Harvesting in the Senegal Valley

Gum Harvesting in the Senegal Valley
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A selection from the French traveler J.B.L. Durand at the beginning of the 19th century. Here we see two slaves, working for Moorish masters, doing the very hard work of picking the gum from the acacia trees that were found in the Senegal River valley. This engraving contains the following caption, "Les Maures occupés à ramasser la Gomme dans une Forêt de Gommiers."

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Gum Harvesting in the Senegal Valley
Gum Harvesting in the Senegal Valley
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Description: A selection from the French traveler J.B.L. Durand at the beginning of the 19th century. Here we see two slaves, working for Moorish masters, doing the very hard work of picking the gum from the acacia trees that were found in the Senegal River valley. This engraving contains the following caption, "Les Maures occupés à ramasser la Gomme dans une Forêt de Gommiers."
Date: 1802
Date Range: 1800-1809
Location: Senegal River valley, Senegal
Format: Image/jpeg
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Contributing Institution: David Robinson; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Source: J.B.L. Durand, Un Voyage au Senegal, 2 volumes, Paris, 1802. Planche IV.

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