Moulin a Sucre, Sugar Crushing Mill: 18th century
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Moulin a Sucre. Engraving, anotated illustration from a book of a sugar cane mill, possibly after Samuel Bellin, numbered Tom. XV, No VI., probably in the Caribbean in Guadeloupe, Martinique or Saint-Domingue. Mills for crushing cane to extract the juice were a vital part of the plantation. Usually powered by wind, water or, as shown here in this French print, by horse or mule. Feeding the grindstones was one of the most dangerous jobs on a plantation. A sharp machete was often hung close to the rollers in case it became necessary to sever a man's arm caught between the rollers.
1760 AD - 1790 AD