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Mortality among European settlers in pre-colonial West Africa: The “White Man’s Grave” revisited


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Title: Mortality among European settlers in pre-colonial West Africa: The “White Man’s Grave” revisited
Authors: Öberg, Stefan
Rönnbäck, Klas
Issue Date: Aug-2016
Publication type: report
Series/Report no.: Göteborg Papers in Economic History
20
Keywords: Economic History
Mortality
West Africa
Pre-colonial
“White Man’s Grave”
Abstract: We have created the first longitudinal dataset following European employees of the English Royal African Company during their time in West Africa, 1683–1766. The mortality was catastrophically high with limited geographical differences. Tropical diseases and epidemics thereof, contributed to the high mortality and strong variations over time. The risk was highest for the men who had just arrived from Europe but remained high also after they had spent several years on the coast. The death rate of... more
ISSN: 1653-1000
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/49666
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