1st Edition

West Africa Quest for God and Gold, 1454–1578: A Survey of the First Century of White Enterprise in West Africa, with Particular Reference to the Achievement of the Portuguese and their Rivalries with other European Powers

By John W. Blake Copyright 1977
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    West Africa (1977) surveys the first century of European enterprise – rivalry, and exploitation – in West Africa. It examines the achievements of the Portuguese during the century following their exploration of its shores, and the successive attempts of its rivals – Castilians, the French and English – to disrupt the commercial monopoly claimed by Portugal in West African waters.

    1. Castilo-Portuguese Rivalry in Senegambia, 1454–56  2. Portuguese Progress, Especially after the Grant to Fernao Gomes, 1456–75  3. The Challenge of Castile, 1475–80  4. The Consolidation of the Portuguese Monopoly, 1480–1530  5. Trade and Fortification in West Africa, 1480–1578  6. French Intervention in West Africa, 1530–53  7. Triple Rivalry in West Africa, 1553–59  8. Monopoly on the Wane, 1559–78

    Biography

    John W. Blake