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1. The dutch on the coast of Guinea

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To understand which sources are available for the study of the Netherlands Possessions on the Coast of Guinea, it is necessary to follow in some detail the institutional history of the Dutch presence in West Africa. This chapter looks at the foundation of the Dutch presence in Africa: the charters, royal decrees, and ministerial dispositions that regulated the position of the West India Company (WIC) between 1621 and 1791, provided the instructions for the government on the Coast of Guinea, and controlled the departure of the Dutch in 1872. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the chartered WIC was responsible for politics and trade in the Atlantic basin as a whole, with settlements in Brazil, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. The chapter discusses about the official relationship of the Netherlands with the British Gold Coast (Ghana) after 1872, focusing on the consular archives.

Keywords: Coast of Guinea; Dutch; Gold Coast; Netherlands; West Africa; West India Company (WIC)



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