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Jean-Baptiste Debret, Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil (1965 facsimile of 1834 original)

African Women

At first, many more African women arrived in the Americas than European women, and therefore African women were crucial to the demographic growth of the continents. Because of this imbalance, it is likely that many of the first generation born in the New World had African mothers. Most of the women sketched by Jean-Baptiste Debret in this lithograph were originally from Congo and Angola.

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Image ID: 1224100
Title: Esclaves nègres, de différentes nations.
Source: Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil, ou Séjour d'un artiste français au Brésil, depuis 1816 jusqu'en 1831 inclusivement, epoques de l'avènement et de l'abdication de S. M. D. Pedro 1er, fondateur de l'Empire brésilien. Dédié à l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.
Name: Debret, Jean Baptiste (1768-1848) - Author
Name: Debret, Jean Baptiste (1768-1848) - Artist
Published: 1834-39
Location: Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Humanities and Social Sciences Library
Subjects: Africans -- Migrations
Angola
Angolans
Benguella (African people)
Brazil
Congo
Hairstyles
Kabre (African people)
Kongo (African people)
Mozambique
Racially mixed people
Women -- Clothing and dress -- Brazil
Women slaves
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