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This book opens with an account of the great explorers of the fifteenth century and looks at the imperial tradition which led Europeans to seek goldmines on both shores of Africa, to plant sugar and cotton on Africa's islands, and to carry away Africa's field-hands as slaves for the new colonies of the Americas. Although Portugal lost much of West Africa and South Africa to the Dutch in the seventeenth century, it retained important trading harbours in Central Africa. In the twentieth century these old colonial ports held ...

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