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Title:The origins of the Mossi-Dagomba states
Author:Iliasu, A.A.
Periodical:Research Review
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
Dagomba polity
Abstract:A reinterpretation of the early history of the Mossi-Dagomba states, as described by Fage, J.D. 'Reflections on the early history of the Mossi-Dagomba group of states', in J. Vansina ed. 'The historian in Tropical Africa', Oxford, 1964. The author who made a study of the fragmentary accounts of Mamprusi oral traditions collected earlier, comes to the conclusion that the kingdom of Mamprusi probably emerged during the early decades of the 14th century. Because the Mamprusi kingdom is the oldest of the Mossi-Dagomba states, the least hazardous conclusion one can draw is that this complex of states emerged at various times between the first half of the 14th and the close of the 15th centuries. Notes.