A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea

A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea : Divided into the Gold, the Slave, and the Ivory Coasts

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An early example of the travel-writing genre, William Bosman's collection of letters, originally written in Dutch and first published in English in 1705, describes the geography and political and natural history of the coast of Guinea. This 1907 edition is presented as a facsimile of the 1705 version, retaining the original typography. Bosman (born in 1672) went to Africa at the age of sixteen in the service of the Dutch West India Company, and spent fourteen years on the Gold Coast. This collection of twenty letters, written to his uncle in the Netherlands, remains an important source of information about this area of west Africa in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Bosman's accounts are highly descriptive, and his writings cover all aspects of the area, from its flora and fauna to its political, social and legal systems, its enterprising natives and its climate and diseases.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 b/w illus.
  • 1139034553
  • 9781139034555

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Of the Gold Coast in general; 2. Of the Antese Country, with the English and Dutch forts there; 3. Of the country of Commany, the English and Dutch forts there; 4. Of Fetu, the Dutch fort Conraadsbourg, the English chief fort Cabocorse; 5. Of Acron, and the Dutch fort Leydsaamheid; 6. Of the several forts of gold; 7. Of the quantity of gold exported, whither, and by whom; 8. Of the unhealthiness, climate, season, &c. of the coast; 9. Of the nature, customs, manners, habit, education, manual arts, employments, languages, ranks of distinction, habitations and musical instruments of the negroes on the Gold Coast; 10. Of the religion, and idolatry of the negroes; 11. Of the government of the negroes, their trials of causes, whether civil or criminal; 12. Of the marriage of the negroes; 13. Of their sickness, the administration of remedies, and their idolatrous offerings upon that head; 14. Of the tame and wild quadrupedes of the Gold Coast, and particularly of the elephants, apes and cameleons; 15. Of the common and uncommon wild-fowl, birds, reptiles, insects and fish; 16. Of the trees, plants and fruits; 17. Of snakes, porcupines, tygers, jackals, elephants and deifyed spiders; 18. Of the Slave Coast in general; 19. Of the government of Fida, their trial and punishment of crimes; 20. Of the Fidasian quadrupedes, fowls, corn, fruits, soil, wars, arms; 21. Of Rio Formosa, on the River of Benin, the interest of the Portugese and other Europeans there; 22. Of the Tooth (or Ivory) and Grain Coast.show more