slave | lagos
Sculpture by António Alonso, using oil barrels, which has spread throughout the town of Lagos from the main exhibition at the Cultural Centre ... This piece is being shown at the old slave market, a sad part of the history of Lagos.
Lagos´ slave market, built in 1444, was Europe’s first slave market. It was here during the 15th century where the first slaves, captured and transported from Africa, were sold. Many Africans were dispersed throughout Europe, bringing a considerable income to the Portuguese monarchy and merchant classes, as well as a cheap labour force.