Supported By Africa & America
illustrated version of the visionary Blake engraving offers colonial dialogue
as a potential dance among equals. Blake was opposed to slavery and the
bright gold bands on Africa and America are symbols of enslavement. "While
one hand of Europe limply holds the rope that links the three continents,
the other more rigorously grasps the hand of the African in sisterly equality.
This was a dramatic innovation in the concept of the relationship between
the continents, reflecting Blake's abolitionist perspective." (Source:
Hart) "The interdependence shows through the linking of arms
amongst the three women and the braid, which perhaps represents tobacco,
and binds them together. His engraving promotes the image that without
Africa and America, Europe is unsupported therefore, Europe must
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