1895 Print over 120 years old Boufarik Fair and Market also available unframed x


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Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.127.

Entitled – Boufarik. The Arab Fair and Market.
From a Photo by Poulton & Son.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Boufarik. – We now leave the City of Algiers for Oran, the capital of an extensive province of the same name, and a town of 73,839 inhabitants. A railway journey of an hour and a half takes us to Boufarik, a healthy and flourishing country town, with a population of 8,064, and containing spacious, densely shaded streets and squares, through many of which flow streams of clear water. But it was not always thus. At the time of the French invasion the site of Boufarik was a pestilential marsh, the haunt of wild beasts. In 1832 it was occupied by General d’Erlon, who established an entrenched camp there; but for many years the malaria killed off the settlers as fast as they came, and upon the place was bestowed the unenviable name of “Le Cimetiere.” Even as late as 1863, an eminent writer says of Boufarik : “Not a single French settlement in all Algeria bears such a death-fraught name; nowhere throughout the land has civilization gained a victory at such enormous cost . . . Under the hot autumnal sun the exhalations from a swampy soil become a virulent poison, which the strongest cannot withstand.” At Boufarik is held the most important market in the colony. Our view gives an excellent idea of the Arab fair which is held at this town every Monday, when a great market is held for the sale of cattle and agricultural produce. A little to the south, in the mountains, are the iron mines of Soudah, where the ore is excavated in galleries, and not a ciel ouvert, as is usually the case in Algeria. From Boufarik to Oran is a day’s journey by rail, and from this latter port we reach Malaga, in two days, by a steamer of the Transatlantique Company. This steamer touches at Malaga, and then continues its journey to Gibraltar.

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Weight4.41 kg
Dimensions50 × 40 × 6 cm