European Colonies, In Various Parts Of The World (volume 1); Viewed In Their Social, Moral And…

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byJohn Howison

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... charge of them. The most remarkable forts were St. George del Mina, already mentioned as having been erected by the Portuguese, though it subsequently fell into the hands of the Dutch--Cape Coast Castle, the principal establishment of the English--Fort Louis, at the mouth of the Senegal, generally occupied by the French--and Goree, situated upon an island of the same name, near Cape Verde. Most of these forts mounted from fifty to sixty pieces of cannon, and contained large reservoirs for water, and were not only impregnable to the negroes, but capable of standing a regular siege by an European force. The principal fort of each company was the residence of the governor, or director-general whom they had appointed to manage their affairs. His office was one of considerable responsibility, and involved a variety of important duties. He had the superintendence of the whole commerce carried on with the negroes, whether at head-quarters or at outposts, and the regulation of the prices of goods, and the rates of exchange, and of the kind and quantity of merchandise to be annually furnished for the African trade by his employers in Europe. It was also his business to extend as much as possible the sphere of the company's commerce, to conciliate the negro princes, and even the common people; to inquire into the conduct of subordinate officers and agents, and to visit any parts of the country where his presence might be necessary or advantageous to the interests of his superiors. The negroes have always been in the practice of exacting from Europeans certain duties, called customs, for the liberty of trading. The regulation of these was one of the most troublesome duties which the director had to perform, for the native princes were ever ready to invent pretexts f...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1834. Excerpt: ... charge of them. The most remarkable forts were St. George del Mina, already mentioned as having been erected by the Portuguese...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217317006

ISBN - 13:9780217317009

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