English and Dutch Forts, Gold Coast, 1727

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Image Reference

William Smith, Thirty Different Drafts of Guinea (London, 1727), plate 14.

Caption: "The South Prospect of the English and Dutch Forts at Commenda . . . call'd Commany by the Dutch and Commenda by the English who have here a fort which is the largest & strongest of any subordinate to Cape-Coast." Details are given, including, "under shelter of each of the fort guns are Negroe towns. . . . The natives are mostly fishermen & very dextrous at throwing a cast net wherewith they catch most of their fish . . . . They eat it with Cankee, a sort of bread made of maize . . and mix'd with palm wine . . . . The chief trade of this place is in slaves and elephants teeth. " Smith was hired by the Royal African Company in 1726 to survey its forts and trading stations in West Africa. See also other images, "mariners" on this website.