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Title:Sources on early Sierra Leone (20): Von der Gröben 1682
Authors:Jones, A.T.ISNI
Hair, P.E.H.ISNI
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic terms:Sierra Leone
Subject:historical sources
Abstract:The twentieth in the series on Sources on Early Sierra Leone looks at, the voyage organized by the German state of Brandenburg in 1682, Brandenburg, had already despatched one ship to West Africa in 1681. The second expedition of 1682, with two ships, was commanded by Otto Friedrich von der Groben. Its main achievement was the establishment of a permanent Brandenburg base at the Gold Coast: Gross-Friedrichsburg. Von der Groben wrote two accounts of his travels, in 1694 and 1700. He died in 1728, By that time the Brandenburgers had already abandoned their African ambitions and had transferred Gross-Friedrichsburg to the Dutch. This paper examines more particularly Von der Groben's account of the area around Bunce Island on the Rokel estuary, the Cape Mount, Cape Mesurado and River Sess areas of present day Liberia. Von der Groben's text is presented here in English translation, preceded by an introduction. Notes.