The English in West Africa, 1681-1683: The Local Correspondence of the Royal African Company of…

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

EditorRobin Law

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The letter-books of the Royal African Company of England form the most substantial and important source of material on English trade in West Africa in the late seventeenth century. The Royal African Company held a legal monopoly of English trade with West Africa, principally in gold and slaves for the American colonies. The correspondence among the Company's local agents is exceptionally detailed in its coverage of the day-to-day operation of their trade and theirinteractions with local African societies - especially on the Gold Coast (Ghana). The letter-books, never previously printed, cover the period 1681-1699. The original texts are being published in full, with extensive explanatory commentary, in three or four volumes. This first volume contains the letters for the years 1681-1683.

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The letter-books of the Royal African Company of England form the most substantial and important source of material on English trade in West Africa in the late seventeenth century. The Royal African Company held a legal monopoly of English trade with West Africa, principally in gold and slaves for the American colonies. The correspond...

Robin Law is at University of Stirling.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:382 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0197261760

ISBN - 13:9780197261767

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`this volume returns to the Gold Coast, making available a valuable and hitherto fugitive source for the history of what is already one of the best documented regions of pre-colonial Africa ... The British Academy and Robin Law are to be congratulated on reinvigorating the venerable FontesHistoriae Africanae project, and on the basis of this volume we can only look forward to future publications.'John Parker, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies