The forgotten history of Human zoos in Europe. Watch

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Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s.




In the late 1800′s, Europe had been filled with, “human zoos,” in cities like Paris, Hamburg, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Milan, and Warsaw. New York too saw these popular exhibits continue into the 20th century. There was an average of 200,000 to 300,000 visitors who attended each exhibition in each city.Carl Hagenbeck of Germany ran exhibits of what he called, “purely natural,” populations, usually East Asian Islanders, but in 1876, he also sent a collaborator to the Sudan to bring back, “wild beasts and Nubians.” The traveling Nubian exhibit was a huge success in cities like Paris, London, and Berlin.


In 1906, the amateur anthropologist Madison Grant, who was the head of the New York Zoological Society, put a Congolese pygmy Ota Benga, on display at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. The display was in the primate exhibit, and Ota was often made to carry around chimpanzees and other apes. Eugenicist and zoo director William Hornaday labeled Ota, “The Missing Link.” The public flocked to see the display.
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Is this a wind up?
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Is this a wind up?
What part of this do you think is funny?
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What's the problem?
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(Original post by NeverGnGiveuUp)
What's the problem?
erm, shoo troll
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An interesting thread for once :yy:

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European and North American views regarding race were ****ed up during the 18th,19th and early 20th century and inflicted untold damage around the world.
Yep. A terrible culprit who is regarded as a hero now is Columbus he was a monster.
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(Original post by RobML)
An interesting thread for once :yy:

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With a **** post to go with it.


Con ****ing gratulations.
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What part of this do you think is funny?
I don't think its funny.
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