Gold and Guns on the Gold Coast

  title={Gold and Guns on the Gold Coast},
  author={Graham Wilkie Irwin},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={330 - 331}
  • G. Irwin
  • Published 1 April 1971
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries overseas trade became for the first time the single most important determinant of political and economic life on the Gold Coast. Firearms were introduced on a large scale, and made possible the forcible incorporation of weak states into stronger ones in a manner and with a speed that had not been feasible before. In place of older, less formal confederacies based on kinship ties, larger, more centralized, and more aggressive political…