Web Links


Here we list links to sites that were active as of the time this book went to press. Note that these links were currents when we placed them here, but they may not always work. If you are unable to click through, trying doing a search using the terms we name — such as Sahnama, or, Sugar Harvest, or Levni and you are likely to find a useful current link. Please let us know if a link is not working, or if you find other great materials that should be made available here. We will continue to update this link page adding more features, such as links to primary sources.

Color Images

Many of the images reproduced in black and white here can also be found in color on the web. Numbers at left are the page where this image appears in the book.

Facing page 1 Saccharum officinarum (any net image search under this name will give many color versions of this botanical drawing)

12 For a large full color image of Durga including offerings made to the goddess, http://www.hindutempleofmichiana.org/Durga2.jpg

14 Firdawsi’s poem has been illustrated many ways, and you can see more than 6,000 of those images by going to the website of the “Shahnama Project.” http://shahnama.caret.cam.ac.uk/shahnama/faces/user/index   

20 Levni drawing, http://www.e-turchia.com/IMAGES/Calendario_agosto_n._2.jpg

25 Collecting Aloe Wood is the image in the upper left quarter of the painting.: http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Robinet-Testard/Illustration-From-The-Book-Of-Simple-Medicines-By-Mattheaus-Platearius-D.C.1161-C.1470-44.html

33 For a map of the important slave port in Curacao, not mentioned in the book but a key arrival point for enslaved Africans, http://www.swaen.com/os/Lgimg/18592.jpg

42-45 The William Clark series can be found here, at the British Library in its Caribbean Views online exhibit: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/carviews/p/022zzz0001786c9u00003000.html

50-51 Jack Delano’s color slides  of sugar workers in Puerto Rico can be found on the Library of Congress site, start with the bibliographic information for these two to see the many others:


REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-DIG-fsac-1a34013 (digital file from original slide)
LC-USF351-403 (color film copy slide)


REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-DIG-fsac-1a34005 (digital file from original slide)
LC-USF351-392 (color film copy slide)

54-55 for images of music and dance related to sugar slavery visit the image library that the University of Virginia created to relate to the Atlantic Slave trade, http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/index.php and look at the chapter called Music, Dance and Recreation – though the whole site is related to themes of this book and well worth exploring.

56 The trailer for a documentary on sugar work in the Dominican Republic, http://www.thepriceofsugar.com/trailer.shtml

60 For the Campe image, http://www.howard.edu/library/Scholarship@Howard/Legacy/7.htm

64 You can just see the drawing of the banquet for Queen Christina on the left in this exhibit from the Sugar Museum in San Diego, http://www.sugarmuseum.org/ottoman.html

66 The Collins painting of the family drinking tea can be found at: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O56103/oil-painting-a-family-of-three-at/

80 To see the Amelie Opie illustrations in color go to the British Library online gallery, http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/carviewsvirtex/afrtrade/blackmanlam/012zzz000t12712u00017000.html

 Museum Sites and Exhibits Related to the Book


This is a great collection of images related to slavery, including many specifically about sugar.


2007 is the 200th anniversary of the moment when the English abolished the slave trade. Many of their museums have set up special exhibitions about slavery, and often sugar, on their sites. The British Library has excellent resources, but you need to sign in to use them (no cost, but one more step). Click Web pages and Collect Britain, but not Catalog Records or Journal Articles, to limit your search.


The Victoria and Albert has many items related to sugar and tea, search under “sugar” and follow the “trail” called Consuming the Black Atlantic


England’s National Portrait Gallery has a show, available online, called Portraits, People, & Abolition that shows images of many of the actors in both slavery and abolition, both free and enslaved.


Our Library of Congress has an overwhelming array of images related to sugar. Click on the Prints and Photographs online catalog, click the blue button if you have read and understood their disclaimer, type in “sugar” as the search term, then click “preview images” so that you see the images.

There are also a number of sugar museums, in Hawaii, in San Diego, in Barbados, in Berlin. Search under “sugar museum” and browse. None of them have great online resources, but worth checking for more “fun” aspects of sugar.

The BBC did a documentary on indenture, which can be viewed here:

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