In West Africa, canoes were the main vehicles for
transporting slaves from the coast to the transatlantic vessel. According to The
Illustrated London News, during the 1840’s, in Sierra Leone, such canoes could carry 200
slaves in their bottom. The dimensions of these canoes were ""about 40 feet long, 12 broad,
and seven or eight feet deep"". The image is reproduced courtesy of the Manuscript,
Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.
The Illustrated London News (Apr. 14, 1849), vol.
14, p. 237