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Sugar cane processing in Antigua in 1823

During our research on rum, we came across William Clark’s “Ten Views in the Island of Antigua” from 1823. The coloured engravings show how sugar cane was planted and processed into rum. This will be the introduction to our upcoming article on rum production.

This is the fifth part of our series of articles dealing with rum, rhum agricole and cachaça:

Part 1: Chronology of Rum, Rhum Agricoles and Cachaça
Part 2: Cachaça
Part 3: Rhum Agricole
Part 4: Theatrum Botanicum – Sugar cane.
Part 5: Sugar cane processing in Antigua in 1823
Teil 6: Rum

William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 2: Slaves working the soil, digging the holes and planting the sugar cane.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 2: Slaves working the soil, digging the holes and planting the sugar cane. [1]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 3: Working slaves on the plantation planting sugar cane.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 3: Working slaves on the plantation planting sugar cane. [2]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 4: Slaves cutting sugar cane.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 4: Slaves cutting sugar cane. [3]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 5: At the mill yard; grinding sugar cane in a windmill.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 5: At the mill yard; grinding sugar cane in a windmill. [4]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 6: Slaves working in the brewhouse.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 6: Slaves working in the brewhouse. [5]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 7: View of the yard of a brewhouse.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 7: View of the yard of a brewhouse. [6] William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 7: View of the yard of a brewhouse.
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 8: View of a boiler house and distillation stills.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 8: View of a boiler house and distillation stills. [7]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 9: Interior view of the distillery; slaves loading rum barrels.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 9: Interior view of the distillery; slaves loading rum barrels. [8]
William Clark - Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) - Plate 10: Slaves loading barrels onto a boat.
William Clark – Ten Views in the Island of Antigua (1823) – Plate 10: Slaves loading barrels onto a boat. [9]

Sources
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