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Grossfriedrichsburg, the first German colony in Africa? Brandenburg-Prussia, Atlantic entanglements and national memory


Zaugg, Roberto (2018). Grossfriedrichsburg, the first German colony in Africa? Brandenburg-Prussia, Atlantic entanglements and national memory. In: Osei-Tutu, John Kwadwo; Smith, Victoria Ellen. Shadows of Empire in West Africa. New perspectives on European fortifications. Cham: Springer, 33-73.

Abstract

Between the late seventeenth and the early eighteenth century, the fortress of Grossfriedrichsburg in Pokesu (Princes Town, Ghana) was a lively hub of Atlantic entanglements, serving first as the main factory of the Brandenburg African Company and subsequently as the stronghold of the African “merchant prince” Jan Conny. Then, starting from the late nineteenth century, Grossfriedrichsburg was integrated into a national narrative providing a historical legitimacy for the new German colonial empire. Despite the fact that the Brandenburg company was substantially financed by Dutch merchants, that its employees were a heterogeneous mix coming from various regions of the world and that it had never exerted any colonial dominion over the local population, Grossfriedrichsburg began to be celebrated as the “first German colony” in Africa.

Abstract

Between the late seventeenth and the early eighteenth century, the fortress of Grossfriedrichsburg in Pokesu (Princes Town, Ghana) was a lively hub of Atlantic entanglements, serving first as the main factory of the Brandenburg African Company and subsequently as the stronghold of the African “merchant prince” Jan Conny. Then, starting from the late nineteenth century, Grossfriedrichsburg was integrated into a national narrative providing a historical legitimacy for the new German colonial empire. Despite the fact that the Brandenburg company was substantially financed by Dutch merchants, that its employees were a heterogeneous mix coming from various regions of the world and that it had never exerted any colonial dominion over the local population, Grossfriedrichsburg began to be celebrated as the “first German colony” in Africa.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:06 Sep 2019 14:10
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 20:32
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-3-319-39281-3
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39282-0_2
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Record/507598679/Description#tabnav (Library Catalogue)

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