Firearms and warfare on the Gold and Slave Coasts from the sixteenth to the ninteenth centuries

  title={Firearms and warfare on the Gold and Slave Coasts from the sixteenth to the ninteenth centuries},
  author={Ray A. Kea},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={185 - 213}
  • R. Kea
  • Published 1 April 1971
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
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