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

  • Edmond J. Smith
  • Itinerario, August 2015, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s0165115315000443

The East India Company and its competitors in Africa

What is it about?

This article examines how competitors of the East India Company sought to develop plantations in Africa, specifically on the island of Madagascar, in the 1630s and 1640s. To do so it considers who these plantations were thought about and advertised. In turn this approach allows the article to explore how Africa was thought about in early modern England in terms of its global context, how it was part of Atlantic and Indian ocean worlds, and how it could be seen as a vital bridge between the two oceans during England early imperial expansion.

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