A Negro Festival Drawn from Nature in the Island of St. Vincent


A Caribbean ‘Negro festival’ from the perspective of a white slaveholder.

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Prior to heavy European colonization in the early 1700’s, the relatively small island of St. Vincent was a known haven for runaway African slaves. They intermarried with the local Carib Indians, developing a unique native culture that persists to this day. The English first claimed the island in 1626, though the first settlers wouldn’t be established there until over 100 years later. Even then, violent conflict with the locals prevented widespread habitation until two costly wars secured the entire island by 1800.

This print was issued shortly before the second Carib War, and shows a British planter and his wife enjoying ‘a Negro festival’ held on the island. Platters of tropical fruits are laid at their feet while two well dressed individuals (and thus presumably not slaves) are dancing to the sound of a tambourine and drums.

The print was based on an original painting by Augustine Brunyas. It was published in London in 1794 as part of John Stockdale’s “History…of the British Colonies in the West Indies.”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1794

Author: John Stockdale

Sheet Width (in): 7.80

Sheet Height (in): 10.40

Condition: A

Condition Description: Light toning around the outer edges, but in near fine condition overall.


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