In August 1880, Norwegian Johan Adrian Jacobsen arrives in Labrador. He's
hoping to recruit Eskimo's who would be willing to follow him to Europe to
become the latest attraction in the ethnographic shows organized by Carl
Hagenbeck, a menagerie owner and pioneer of 'human zoos,'
Two families accept Jacobsen's offer. Aged from 13 months to 50 years old,
the eight individuals are exhibited in Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Frankfurt,
Darmstadt, Crefeld and Paris. Unfortunately, none of them will ever see their
homeland again, all eight having been killed by smallpox less than four months
after setting foot in Europe.
The diary of Johan Adrian Jacobsen being an essential source for
understanding the events that took place more than 133 years ago, we offer you
its English translation. Our translation is being published within the context
of the research project in the Footsteps of Abraham Ulrikab (www.abrahamulrikab.com). Beginning in
2010 this project has been dedicated to unraveling the mysteries surrounding
the European stay and the death of the eight Labrador 'Eskimos.'