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Barbarities in the West Indias

This print continues with the trope of white cannibalism, showing a white master boiling a slave alive. All that is visible of the slave's body are limbs: a reminder of the physical damage wrought upon the enslaved labor force of sugar plantations, where amputations were common. According to the John Carter Brown Library, where this print is featured in an exhibit called "Sugar and the Visual Imagination of the Atlantic World," this was a pro-slavery image. Its violent scene is intended to be an exaggeration  for contemporary viewers, meant to parody the supposed-absurd notion that white slave masters were overly cruel or cannibalistic. Viewing this items with others in the exhibit, however, leads to questions of how cannibalism is continually defined, redefined, and represented by both freed and enslaved subjects in the early Atlantic.

Cannibalism and the Commodity Aesthetic
Barbarities in the West Indias