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"Servicaes", graveyard on cocoa roço. San Thomé

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Stream through cocoa roça, San Thomé, bamboos interlacing overhead

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Rocky bed of stream through cocoa roça. San Thomé

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Falls on a Roça in San Thomé

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Waterfall on Cocoa Roça in San Thomé

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Waterfall on Cocoa Roça, San Thomé

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Benguella pier whence slaves are shipped to Cocoa Islands

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Slavery and the Natural World

In consultation with local community groups, in 2007 the Natural History Museum commissioned new research into its collections that link slavery and the natural world. The research uncovered experiences of enslaved people and the use of plants in their everyday life, as food, medicines and poisons. It also examined the complex relationships between enslaved people and naturalists exploring newly-colonised lands. The museum ran a series of public events, co-hosted by Race on the Agenda, which aimed to bring the historical, scientific and public viewpoints together. It created online educational resources on themes such as Commercial Plants, Everyday Life, Diet and Nutrition, and Resistance. The museum also developed cross-curricular ideas for school lessons in Science using the context of slavery, looking at foods across different cultures, for example.

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Entrance to Cocoa Plantation, Temvo, Mayumbe. Carrying loads to the train

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Stack of Cocoa being carried to train. Temvo Station, Mayumbe Country

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Director of Temvo Plantation with family

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Bringing loads of Cocoa to the train at Temvo, Mayumbe Country

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Cocoa plantation near the Luki, Mayumbe Country

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Loads of Cocoa leaving Kinyati for transport down Chiloango river to avoid heavy freight on Congo railway

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View of distant Cocoa farm with buildings. Taken from the main road.

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View of Temvo Cocoa Plantation, Mayumbe Country. Congo

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Landing cargo of dried fish at Loanda for transport to the Cocoa Islands as food for servicaes

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Sacks of Cocoa and Carriers in the backrgound. Kinyati, Mayumbe Country

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Young Cocoa trees proptected by shade of Paw-paw trees, Kinyati, Mayumbe

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View of Temvo Cocoa Plantation, Mayumbe