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Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa’s Guinea Coast

By Colleen E. Kriger (NHC Fellow, 2014–15)

Early Modern Period; World History; Trade; Creolization; Cultural Relations; African History; Colonialism

Athens: Ohio University Press, 2017

From the publisher’s description:

A new era in world history began when Atlantic maritime trade among Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas opened up in the fifteenth century, setting the stage for massive economic and cultural change. In Making Money, Colleen Kriger examines the influence of the global trade on the Upper Guinea Coast two hundred years later—a place and time whose study, in her hands, imparts profound insights into Anglo-African commerce and its wider milieu.

A stunning variety of people lived in this coastal society, struggling to work together across deep cultural divides and in the process creating a dynamic creole culture. Kriger digs further than any previous historian of Africa into the records of England’s Royal African Company to illuminate global trade patterns, the interconnectedness of Asian, African, and European markets, and—most remarkably—the individual lives that give Making Money its human scale.

By inviting readers into the day-to-day workings of early modern trade in the Atlantic basin, Kriger masterfully reveals the rich social relations at its core. Ultimately, this accessible book affirms Africa’s crucial place in world history during a transitional period, the early modern era.

History / Early Modern Period / World History / Trade / Creolization / Cultural Relations / African History / Colonialism /

Kriger, Colleen E. (NHC Fellow, 2014–15). Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa's Guinea Coast. Africa in World History. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2017.