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Human Zoos or Negro Villages (13 pics)

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Human zoos were popular in Europe in the 19th and 20th century. They were also known as “Negro Villages” or “ethnological expositions” where humans were exhibited in their natural state.


Such zoos could be found in New York, London, Warsaw, Barcelona, Hamburg and other cities around the world with up to 300,000 visitors attending each display.

A Negro Village was the main attraction at the 1889 Parisian World’s Fair. About 28 million people visited it.

Human zoos were so popular in Germany that even German-Prussian statesman of the late 19th century Bismarck attended one of them.

These five Indians from Kawesqar tribe were kidnapped from Chile in 1881 to be exhibited in one of the European human zoos. They all died within a year.

Africans were often exhibited next to monkeys to show that they were closer to animals than to humans.

PS: These are Japanese prostitutes in the end of the 19th century.

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Comments (13):

Marta2273 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Warsaw? o.O
Mówisz mi że kiedy pada deszcz
Liście na drzewach rosną
Toż to bzdur stek!
Ja nie słyszałem gorszych odkąd zostałem sosną
AnnaMolly 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Europeans were way wilder than those poor people thought to be the wilds. I think we're still the wildests now... World sucks.
sdfgsda 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
annamolly you have absolutely no clue... read some african tribal history and get your stuff straight.
c 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
These are NOT zoos. Temporary villages is more accurate. World Expositions have been going on for a long time all around the world. China was the latest to have one. A different country hosts it every few years for a year at a time. Participating countries set up their own exhibits to show the rest of the world their culture, the way it really is, culture, dress, language, architecture, everything about themselves.
Sizomu 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
sdfgsda,Get YOUR stuff straight. and Pls read the real, not the one writen by Europeans them self. This is more messed up. Which Tribe has blood on its hands, these tribes or the modern/Western civilization? I hope U r intelligent enough to understand. (I believe u r, just hope u use it)
k 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah "C", the tribes came there to exhibit their culture. You think the tribes had a choice?
e 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Go read a book and stop believing everything you see online.
Mr. Ree 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Those were the good ol' days.

We still have many, many negro villages in existence today - they're called prisons.
zugzub 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
White people in general have acted like assholes all throughout history.

Go read Imperial Cruise by James Bradley.
What 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Yeah c, the villagers looked absolutely thrilled in all the images. I guess the white people went to their land and they just signed up for a wonderful trip to strange and distand lands. Not to mention that it was not a round trip ticket.
incognito562 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
dont like
dfdf 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
#9 wow taking picture with an ipod
fast forward to 2013... black males in the USA brutally rape 38,000+ white women a year. 100+ a day...