Europe Supported By Africa & America

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Europe Supported By Africa & America
By William Blake

Engravings for J. G. Stedman, Narrative, of a five years’ expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of
Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777. Published in London, 1796

“This illustrated version of the visionary Blake engraving offers colonial dialogue as a potential dance among equals. Blake was opposed to slavery and the bright gold bands on Africa and America are symbols of enslavement. “While one hand of Europe limply holds the rope that links the three continents, the other more rigorously grasps the hand of the African in sisterly equality. This was a dramatic innovation in the concept of the relationship between the continents, reflecting Blake’s abolitionist perspective.”

Colonial & Postcolonial
Literary Dialogues
Western Michigan University

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