A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545-1800

  title={A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, 1545-1800},
  author={Walter Rodney},
This thesis is concerned with the relatively small section of the West African coast between the Gambia and Cape Mount, It seeks to reconstruct a picture of that society in the mid-sixteenth century, while it was still free of profound European influence. Such a picture provides the indispensable basis for analysing the impact of external forces on the narrow coastal strip, being used to embrace not only the Europeans but also influences from the hinterland and adjacent coastal areas. In 1545… 

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