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The Royal African Company of England in West Africa 1681-1699

Professor Robin Law FBA has recently completed a three-volume edition of correspondence relating to the English in West Africa during the last two decades of the 17th century. Although the period covered by this correspondence is brief, it was one of great historical significance. Below, Professor Law illustrates the scope of the correspondence, and discusses the range of sources used, highlighting in particular the importance of documentation of the Royal African Company that passed into private hands, and is now found in the Rawlinson collection in Oxford.

• Robin Law

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 10, 2007.

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