DALZEL, Archibald (Dalziel)
The history of Dahomy, an inland kingdom of Africa; compiled from authentic memoirs; with an introduction and notes.London: Printed for the Editor by T. Spilsbury and Son, 1793.
Dalzel studied medicine at Edinburgh, and served in the Royal Navy as a surgeon during the Seven Years’ War (1756–63). Discharged in 1763, he accepted a position as a surgeon in the Company of Merchants Trading to Africa, and was stationed at Anomabu on the Gold Coast. While in West Africa he began slave trading. Considering the horrifically inhumane aspects of slave trading, it is possible that Dalzel was the only physician who actually profited directly from the trade, and was motivated to write a book defending it.
Subjects: COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › Africa, Slavery and Medicine, VOYAGES & Travels by Physicians, Surgeons & Scientists › History of Voyages & Travels by Physicians....