Weapons, Gold Coast, late 17th cent.


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This record was last updated on 09 Aug 2010

Image Reference
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Source
From Jean Barbot, A Description of the Coasts of North and South Guinea, in Thomas Astley (ed.), A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels (London, 1745-47), vol. 2, plate 69, facing p. 693. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Various types of swords, shields, bows and arrows, spears, knives and daggers, axes; some of these items were also used in agriculture. A number of these items, but arranged differently on the page, are also shown in Awnsham and John Churchill, A Collection of Voyages (London, 1732; vol. 5, plate 22, p. 251) in the translation of Barbot's late 17th century account.