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Title:Theophile Conneau at Galinhas and New Sestos, 1836-1841
Author:Jones, AdamISNI
Year:1981
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:8
Pages:89-106
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:slave trade
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171510
Abstract:The original manuscript of the autobiography of the slave trader Théodore Canot, alias Théophile Conneau, was published recently under the title 'A slaver's log book, or 20 years' residence in Africa' (Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1976). Previously historians have had to rely on the 'improved' version by Brantz Mayer, published in 1854 and subsequently republished in several different forms and languages. The original manuscript is of far greater use, though Mayer's book cannot be dispensed with entirely, since he obtained his information not only from Conneau's manuscript but from conversations with its author. Moreover, the editors of the original manuscript have, unfortunately, ignored the considerable amount of research which has been conducted in order to verify particular aspects of Conneau's account. The present article fills one of the gaps left by existing studies - the period between 1836 and 1841 - and assesses the accuracy of Conneau's manuscript and Mayer's book for this period. Map, notes.

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