This book includes numerous extracts from contemporaneous sources that vividly portray the peoples and lands of western Africa. It delineates historical processes in the context of climate change, expanding trade networks, and widespread state building.
1. Introduction 2. Western Africa: The Environmental Seiting 3. Language Groups and Social Organizations 4. The Development of Western African Commercial Networks: An Overview 5. Mande Caravan Routes Linking Senegambia, the Upper Guinea Coast, and the Malaguetta Coast 6. Biafada-Sapi, Banyun-Bak, and Kruan Coastwise and Riverine Networks 7. The Era of Mandekalu Horse Warriors and State Building 8. European Voyages of Reconnaissance and the Inauguration of New Trading Relationships 9. The Cabo Verde Archipelago-Western Africa Nexus 10. African Landlords and Competing European and Cabo Verdean Strangers 11. Senegambia and the Banyun-Bak Commercial Sphere 12. The Biafada-Sapi and Kruan Trade Networks