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Title:A dialogue with King Agaja: William Snelgrave's 1727 'Ardra Diary' and the contours of Dahomian-European commercial exchange
Author:Polhemus, Neal D.
Year:2016
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Volume:43
Pages:29-62
Language:English
Geographic terms:Benin
Great Britain
Subjects:1700-1799
Dahomey polity
international relations
About persons:William Snelgrave (-1763)ISNI
Bulfinch Lamb
Agaja; king of Dahomey (1724-1740)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2016.6
Abstract:The rise of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the first quarter of the eighteenth century was a watershed event in the political history of precolonial West Africa. This article draws on a newly rediscovered copy of William Snelgrave's diary who visited King Agaja of Dahomey in April 1727. The diary provides the fullest account to date of Agaja's motives for invading Whydah in March 1727. In addition, the diary provides the earliest evidence confirming the bona fides of Bulfinch Lambe's 1731 mission to England to establish commercial relations with King George II. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]
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