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Title:The British presence on the Cape Verdian archipelago (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries)
Author:Soares, Maria Joćo
Periodical:African Economic History (ISSN 0145-2258)
Geographic terms:Cape Verde
Great Britain
Subjects:slave trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23718980
Abstract:This article analyzes the relations established between British trade networks and the Cape Verde archipelago from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries and their impact upon the latter's insular economic, social, and military structures. Since the sources in Portuguese that relate to this colonial space are quite poor, the article makes use of English sources, such as the writings of the privateer William Dampier and the small trader George Roberts. In the early 1570s, English military and naval strategy began to impinge upon Cape Verde. However, conquering Cape Verde was more of a burden than anything else, for which reason no one attempted to achieve this. The British simply wished to wipe out Portuguese and Capeverdean ships and to annihilate the archipelago as both a naval base and as commercial outpost for the Guinean slave trade. From the middle of the sixteenth centrury to the first decades of the seventeenth, the English came to be seen by royal officials and the Capeverdean population as foreigners, rebels, and thieves. From the first decades of the seventeenth century onwards, Cape Verde lost its attractiveness and relevance, becoming a silent and minor partner in terms of the major transatlantic axis of the slave trade. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]