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‘Canaanising Madagascar’: Africa in English imperial imagination, 1635–1650

Smith, Edmond J (2015) ‘Canaanising Madagascar’: Africa in English imperial imagination, 1635–1650. Itinerario, 39 (2). pp. 277-298. ISSN 0165-1153. (doi:10.1017/S0165115315000443)

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Abstract

Africa has often been seen as a barrier between oceanic systems, and a dividing line within English imperial activity – with colonialism a key strategy to the west and trading favoured to the east of the continent. This article will consider English plans for colonisation on the islands of Madagascar and Assada on the east African coast and question how these can help us understand how the English thought about Africa as a geographical and imagined space within England’s developing imperial activities. This, in turn, will support an argument that English activities overseas operated within an environment where information was carefully controlled, created and disseminated to support the aims of the commercial community.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0165115315000443
Uncontrolled keywords: empire, africa, information, imagination, east india company
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: E. Smith
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 12:03 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60175 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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