James Island and Fort, Gambia, 1727

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William Smith, Thirty different drafts of Guinea (London, 1727?), plate 4. (Courtesy of The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia)

Caption: "The South-west Prospect of James Island on the River of Gambia. Drawn 1727" gives details on this fort, trade, and local African populations. some 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 for which Smith made his survey.