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Civilisation, Pacification, Demise: The Churches and the Kingdom of Danxomε

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Thomas Birch Freeman is an important figure in the wider West African context. The son of an English mother and an African freed slave and, from 1837, a pioneer of missions to Asante, Danxome and Abeokuta. There is ample evidence to suggest that the frustration of the mission to Danxome mounted from the time of Freeman's last visit. While the Protestant missionaries were certainly the pioneers of the nineteenth-century missionary movement on the Guinea Coast, the Catholic Church was quick to rise to what it saw as a challenge. The historical records show that as early as 1845 plans were afoot for a mission in Danxome. Like many missionaries, Catholic and Protestant, Borghero firmly believed that Africans were 'the sons of Ham', still under the biblical curse. Dorgère became a symbol for the mission in Danxome as a mission pacificatrice.

Keywords: Abeokuta; Asante; Borghero; Catholic Church; Danxomε; Dorgère; Guinea Coast; Thomas Birch Freeman



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