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The Portuguese in West Africa, 1415-1670


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Introduction; 1. The Portuguese in Morocco; 2. The early voyages to West Africa; 3. The Atlantic islands; 4. The upper Guinea coast and Sierra Leone; 5. Elmina and Benin; 6. Discovery of the kingdom of Kongo; 7. Angola, Paulo Dias and the founding of Luanda; 8. The slave trade; 9. Conflict in the kingdom of Kongo in the 1560s; 10. Christianity in the Kongo; 11. The Angolan wars; 12. People and places.

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This book presents documents that illustrate aspects of the encounters between the Portuguese and the peoples of North and West Africa from 1400 to 1650.

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Malyn Newitt is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at King's College London. He is the author or editor of twelve books on Portuguese colonial history, including A History of Portuguese Overseas Expansion, as well as multiple journal articles.


'... the book fills a significant gap. It will presumably reach a wide audience ... and should encourage interested readers to proceed from here to the sources themselves. ... it should also motivate scholars to complete for publication the translations of Alvares, Alvares de Almada, Lemos Coelho ...' The Journal of African History

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