Colton Atlas, 1855, showing former sites of slave trade bordering the National Mall

Title

Colton Atlas, 1855, showing former sites of slave trade bordering the National Mall

Description

Slave trading establishments in Washington, DC are superimposed on this 1855 Atlas of Washington, DC to show the locations of a few of the many slave trading establishments in the city. Businesses flourished on the Mall's borders including slave traders who operated from hotels, auction houses, and taverns until the trade was abolished in the District of Columbia in 1850. South of the Mall, the Yellow House and Robey's were notoriously cruel slave pens. North of the Mall, sales at auction houses flourished, promoted in local newspaper advertisements.

Creator

Source

David Rumsey Map Collection. View original.

Coverage

Original Format

jpg. map.

Physical Dimensions

800 x 398 px..

Description

Slave trading establishments in Washington, DC are superimposed on this 1855 Atlas of Washington, DC to show the locations of a few of the many slave trading establishments in the city. Businesses flourished on the Mall's borders including slave traders who operated from hotels, auction houses, and taverns until the trade was abolished in the District of Columbia in 1850. South of the Mall, the Yellow House and Robey's were notoriously cruel slave pens. North of the Mall, sales at auction houses flourished, promoted in local newspaper advertisements.

Creator

G. W. Colton

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

David Rumsey Map Collection. View original.