Demography and History in the Kingdom of Kongo, 1550–1750

  title={Demography and History in the Kingdom of Kongo, 1550–1750},
  author={John K. Thornton},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={507 - 530}
  • J. Thornton
  • Published 1 October 1977
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
It has long been generally supposed that the kingdom of Kongo suffered a severe decline in population due to the civil wars of the seventeenth century and the slave trade. These figures are derived from literary estimates made by travellers and missionaries of the time. New estimates of population can be obtained by combining the statistics of baptisms left by the missionaries who lived in Kongo with a reconstruction of the age structure of the kingdom. Use of these estimates permits more exact… 

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