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Tale of two polities: Socio-political transformation on the gold coast in the Atlantic world

  title={Tale of two polities: Socio-political transformation on the gold coast in the Atlantic world},
  author={Christopher R. Decorse and Sam Spiers},
  journal={Australasian historical archaeology},
This article examines change and transformation in the political economy of the Akan coast and coastal hinterland of Ghana during the era of the Atlantic world. Archaeological and documentary data indicate dramatic changes in settlement size, settlement patterns, and socio-political organization between the fifteenth and the nineteenth-centuries. On the eve of European contact there were few large settlements located on the coast or in the adjacent hinterland. With the expansion of the Atlantic… 

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