James Island and Fort, Gambia, 1727

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This record was last updated on 30 Mar 2017

Image Reference

William Smith, Thirty Different Drafts of Guinea (London, 1727), plate 4.

"The South-west Prospect of James Island on the River of Gambia. Drawn 1727"; the caption gives details on this fort, trade, and local African populations. Some of the latter are Moslems and Christians, "but most pagan . . . on either side of the river, their language is so different as not to understand each other, their chief commodities are ivory, wax, & the best of African gold." The fort belonged to the Royal African Company which had hired Smith in 1726 to make a survey of its forts in West Africa.