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Deutsches Technikmuseum - Colonial trade and slavery

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Colonial trade and slavery

Black-and-white lithograph: A planter is using a thick length of sugar cane to beat a cowering black slave.

Caricature on the double meaning of "cane". Lithograph by C. Jaquis in the magazine La Caricature. The plantation-owner is saying: "Say what you like, but you can’t make sugar without the cane!"

The discovery of the American continent led to an increase in the significance of sugar as a luxury trading commodity.

Colonial masters planted huge plantations of sugar cane, most notably on the sugar islands in the Caribbean, which were farmed by African slaves.

What value did a slave have? Who profited from this business and how did sugar come to Europe? What was everyday life like on a plantation?

The exhibition explains political, economic and social relations between Europe, Africa and America in comprehensive detail.