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Cameroon - Douala. The Canoe Port
Cameroon - Douala. The Canoe Port Date: circa 1910s
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This print takes us back in time to the bustling Canoe Port of Douala, Cameroon, during the early 1910s. The image showcases a scene filled with carved canoes, each one meticulously crafted by skilled Cameroonian artisans. These dugout boats were essential for transportation in this coastal city, where waterways served as vital arteries connecting communities. The port itself is a hive of activity, with locals going about their daily routines amidst an array of single trunk trees that dot the landscape. The sheer number of boats lined up along the shore is awe-inspiring; it speaks volumes about the significance of maritime trade in this region. As we delve into this photograph's historical context, we are transported to a time when traditional craftsmanship and natural resources played pivotal roles in everyday life. It serves as a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Cameroonian people who relied on these hand-carved vessels for fishing, trading goods, and navigating through rivers and estuaries. Mary Evans Prints Online has preserved this remarkable snapshot from history for us to admire today. Through its lens, we gain insight into an era long gone but not forgotten – an era where canoes were more than just means of transport; they represented culture, tradition, and resilience.
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