English and Dutch Forts, Gold Coast, 1727
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.
William Smith, Thirty Different Drafts of Guinea (London, 1727), plate 14.
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