West Africa: The Known and The Unknown

  • Philip D. Curtin


The decade between the Peace of Versailles in 1783 and the war with France in 1793 marked a phase of special importance in British relations with the world overseas. The loss of the thirteen American colonies closed an epoch, and seemed to close it decisively. Few in Britain looked back with nostalgia or wanted to found another family of settlement colonies like those in North America. Even fewer were willing to accept the military defeat as final. It was only a temporary decline of British fortunes, and it was met by rapid recovery, reform, and determination to regain some equivalent for the loss.


Eighteenth Century Slave Trade Gold Coast African Language Cape Coast 
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