The Komenda Wars, 1694–1700: a Revised Narrative

  title={The Komenda Wars, 1694–1700: a Revised Narrative},
  author={R. C. C. Law},
  journal={History in Africa},
  pages={133 - 168}
  • R. Law
  • Published 24 October 2007
  • History
  • History in Africa
Since 1990 I have been working on a critical edition of records of the Royal African Company of England (hereafter RAC), preserved in the Rawlinson collection of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. This material comprises letter-books containing correspondence received at the RAC's West African headquarters, Cape Coast Castle, mainly from the Company's other factories on the Gold Coast, during the period from 1681 to 1699 (though with some gaps). Two volumes of this correspondence, covering the years… 
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  • R. Law
  • History
    The Journal of African History
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  • D. Henige
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    The Journal of African History
  • 1977
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