The Canoe in West African History

  title={The Canoe in West African History},
  author={Robert Mcclure Smith},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={515 - 533}
  • R. Smith
  • Published 1 October 1970
  • History, Environmental Science
  • The Journal of African History
The canoe, carved and usually also burnt-out from a single tree trunk, played a part in the history of the coastal, lagoon and river-side peoples of West Africa similar in importance to that of the horse in the savannah states. It ranged in size from the small fishing canoe to craft over 80 ft. in length and capable of carrying, in calm waters, 100 men or more. Sails were often used, in addition to paddles and punt poles. The builders were specialists, usually living in the forests, where the… 
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