Illustration of a Sugar Mill

Illustration of a Sugar Mill

An illustration of a sugar mill from Charles de Rochefort's book, Histoire naturelle et morale des iles Antilles de l'Amerique, printed in Rotterdam in 1665. This engraving details the labor intensive and dangerous process of refining sugar, an industry responsible for bringing fabulous wealth to European planters and imminent death to the millions of mostly male West African slaves who worked cutting sugar cane, feeding grinders, and stirring boiling vats of cane juice.